All About Toddler Dentistry in Torrance, CA
Good dental health begins with early care. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that parents schedule their child’s first dentist visit when their first tooth comes in, usually between the ages of 6 and 12 months.
Magicland Dental has your child’s toddler dentistry needs covered. In Torrance, CA, we serve families that want to be proactive about their infants’ teeth. Because we believe that early dental care is essential, we offer complimentary dental exams for children under two. During this checkup, we’ll assess your little one’s teeth, gums and jaw to ensure proper development, as well as spot early signs of problems.
Baby teeth are very important. They help your child eat nutritious foods and learn to speak clearly. Not only that, they provide the space that permanent teeth need to come in properly. Unfortunately, they’re also vulnerable to decay right away. That’s why visiting our office soon after you see your child’s first tooth is essential. Check our FAQ page for more information, or reach out to one of our toddler dentists for details.
Common Toddler Dental Topics
Teething: All babies undergo a teething phase. Some experience very little discomfort, but others struggle with the irritation. If your baby is fussy during teething, you can soothe the gums by rubbing them with a clean finger or a cool, smooth spoon. Once the tooth arrives, clean it with a soft moistened washcloth. As more teeth come in, you can clean them with a very soft baby’s toothbrush and a small smear of toothpaste. Later, when your child has teeth side by side, gently floss between them once a day.
Baby Bottle Syndrome: Did you know that putting your baby to bed with a bottle could encourage tooth decay? Milk and sweet liquids, like juice, pool around the baby’s mouth while sleeping and can cause decay. This is sometimes called baby bottle syndrome. For best results, have your child finish their bottle before you put them down, or fill the bottle only with water.
Thumb or Finger Sucking: Most children will stop sucking their thumbs by themselves when given enough time, but problems can arise. If you feel that your child’s habit is becoming a problem, don’t hesitate to bring up your concerns with one of our toddler dentists. We’re happy to offer suggestions.
Fluoride: One simple way to protect your child’s teeth is with fluoride applications. If you’re interested in adding an additional line of defense to your little one’s oral care routine, feel free to reach out. It’s important to make sure your baby receives the right amount of fluoride and our infant dentists can provide more information.
Contact us with any questions you have about our approach to toddler dentistry. We serve families in and around Torrance, California.