Dickson Pediatric Dentistry, PLLC.
Put our expertise to work for you. At Dickson Pediatric Dentistry, PLLC., we want you as a parent to be in the know. Here you will find info on frequently asked questions.
Children's teeth begin forming before birth. As early as 4 months, the first primary (or baby) teeth to erupt through the gums are the lower central incisors, followed closely by the upper central incisors. Although all 20 primary teeth ususally appear by age 3, the pace and order of their eruption varies. Permanent teeth begin appearing around age 6, starting with the first molars and lower central incisors. This process continues until approximately age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or up to 32 including the third molars (or wisdom teeth).
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should visit a pediatric dentist when the 1st tooth comes in, usually between 6 & 12 months of age. The most important reason is to begin a thorough prevention program. Dental problems can begin early. A big concern is Early Childhood Caries (also known as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing caries). Preventative measures can be taken if caught early by your dentist.
We encourage parents/guardians to accompany thier children to observe their first dental experience. We also encourage parents/guardians to accompany thier child to each dental check-up until your child feels secure enough to come back on their own. Please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will diminish with time.
FAQ's from Dickson Pediatric Dentistry, PLLC.
Although they don’t last as long as permanent teeth, your child’s first teeth play an
important role in his development. While they’re in place, these primary teeth help your
little one speak, smile and chew properly. They also hold space in the jaw for permanent
teeth. If a child loses a tooth too early – due to damage or decay – nearby teeth may
encroach on that space, which can result in crooked or misplaced permanent teeth.
Also, your child’s general health is affected by the oral health of the teeth and gums.
Baby teeth aren’t permanent; why do they need special care?
All dental specialists (pediatric dentists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, and others)
begin by completing dental school, then continue their education with several years
of additional, specialized training. During training in the field of pediatric dentistry,
your doctor gained extensive knowledge and experience in treating infants, children,
and adolescents. Pediatric dentists enjoy working with children, and bring to each
patient our expertise in childhood development and behavior. Because our office is
geared toward young visitors, you’ll find that our staff, as well as our office design,
decorations and activities, all work together to provide an especially friendly and
comfortable environment for children.
How is a pediatric dentist different from other dentists?
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