What is a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist is the “pediatrician” of dentistry. Pediatric dentists are primary and specialty oral-care providers for infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs. Dr. Phillips and Dr. Stockton are both board certified pediatric dentists who have chosen to further their education by attending continuing education courses and maintaining their Diplomate status through the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
Why are baby teeth important?
Primary, or “baby,” teeth are important for many reasons. Not only do they help children speak clearly and chew naturally, they also aid in forming a path that permanent teeth can follow when they are ready to erupt.
When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that children receive their first dental visit within six months of eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age. Dr. Phillips and Dr. Stockton will inform you about how often your child should visit our office, based on his or her personal oral health care needs.
Is nursing harmful to my baby’s teeth?
At-will breast-feeding should be avoided after the first primary (baby) teeth begin to erupt and other sources of nutrition have been introduced. Children should not fall asleep nursing or with a bottle that contains anything other than water. Drinking juice from a bottle should be avoided. Children should be weaned from the bottle at 12-14 months of age.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, cavity-causing bacteria can be transmitted from caregivers to infants even before teeth erupt. The better the caregiver's oral health, the less the chance the baby will have problems!
According to the American Dental Association, sealants have been shown to reduce the risk of decay by nearly 80% in molars.
When does one plus one equal zero? ONE baby tooth + ONE pediatric dental visit = ZERO cavities.
A study in the journal Pediatrics showed that children who have their first dental visit before age one have 40 percent lower dental costs in their first five years than children who do not.