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Tips from Pediatric Dentists for Giving a Toddler’s Teeth TLC



A toddler’s teeth have special needs and need special care. In addition to facing this time of teething, children are also learning the best ways to clean and care for their teeth. Parents should start scheduling dental appointments with an affordable family dentistry clinic by the time the child is two years old. This lets pediatric dentists discover issues that could lead to later problems and allows parents to learn to the right ways to tend to their child’s smile.

Emergence of Baby Teeth

Did you know that a child’s baby teeth begin to appear at six months and continue to come in until they are three years old? Their emergence causes baby’s gums to be very tender, which can make them cranky. To soothe the soreness, pediatric dentists recommend rubbing the gums with your finger, as well as placing their teething rings in the freezer or applying a pain relief gel specially made for times of teething. If your child has a fever while teething, this can be a sign of some other problem, so contact your physician or kids dentist immediately.

7 Helpful Tips on Brushing

According to affordable family dentistry practices, parents should supervise their child’s brushing until they reach the age of six to ensure that kids are caring for teeth properly. Follow these brushing basics:

  1. Use a soft-bristled, child-sized toothbrush.
  2. Use only a pea-sized amount of a gentle fluoride toothpaste recommended by pediatric dentists.
  3. Don’t allow your child to swallow the toothpaste.
  4. Be sure to tilt brush bristles toward the gumline.
  5. Brush the inside surfaces of teeth where plaque tends to build up.
  6. Second, brush the outside surfaces of teeth.
  7. Last, brush the chewing surfaces of teeth.

Problems from Thumb Sucking

Thumb sucking can cause many problems during your toddler’s dental development. It can affect the growth of their jaw and mouth, along with the position of their teeth and bite if it continues long past the toddler stage. Sucking on pacifiers after permanent teeth have emerged can have the same effects.

These bad behaviors can cause the need for extensive treatment by an affordable family dentistry practitioner. Positive reinforcement is the solution to this sucking behavior. Praise the child for not sucking their thumb, instead of punishing them. You can also try treating the anxiety that’s causing the bad behavior, as well as make sucking a struggle by covering their thumb with a bandage or applying a bitter medication prescribed by your kids dentist.

To learn about our family dentistry practice in Baltimore, call Dental One Associates at Beltway today at (410) 775-5536 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Baltimore. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates at Beltway, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at Dental One Associates at Beltway.

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