Children’s Teeth and Children’s Dentistry
Our office cares for children’s teeth from infant through all stages of growth and development. We love to have children and their families in our office and we take care to make them comfortable with all of the dental procedures we provide.
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 usually appear by age 3, the pace and order of eruption varies. Because of this, if you must give your baby a bottle at nap or bedtime, fill it with plain water – not milk, formula or juice.
Oral care should begin soon after birth. Gums should be cleaned after each feeding. You can begin brushing your child’s teeth as soon as they appear. Wipe the gums with a clean, damp cloth or gauze pad. Parents should brush their child’s teeth daily with a soft wet toothbrush and a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste.
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 (wisdom teeth).
Dr. Russo may recommend regular fluoride treatments to strengthen the enamel and resist decay. Whenever possible, drink fluoridated water and always use an ADA-accepted fluoridated toothpaste.