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While the exact timing will vary with each child, babies typically begin to teeth around six months old. Usually the front bottom two teeth emerge first with the front top two after that. Teething can be a painful and difficult process for babies and parents alike.

When it comes to your child’s dental health, healthy gums and teeth are optimal. This is why it is important to talk to your child’s dentist about good dental habits even before their first tooth erupts through their gums. Once your child has a tooth, they will recommend that they receive fluoride varnish treatments to help prevent tooth decay. This can be received either at a pediatrician’s office or a dental office. Pediatricians as well as dentists are trained to apply this fluoride varnish because many young children do not see a dentist until they are older. If they do visit a dental office, a dentist can apply this treatment too.

Silver Diamine Fluoride or SDF is an effective treatment for tooth decay, cavities or hypersensitivity. This FDA-approved antibiotic liquid is applied in order to rest active dental caries and to prevent further progression of the disease itself. The ideal way to treat teeth with decay is by removing the decay and placing restorations, this is an alternative treatment that allows us at Palm Valley Pediatric Dentistry to stop decay with noninvasive methods, especially in young children that still have baby teeth.

Dental caries is considered the commonly ignored chronic disease among children, especially preschool children. Early childhood caries is defined by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry as the presence of one or more decayed, missing or filled tooth surfaces in primary teeth of children that are 71 months (less than 6 years old) or younger. Dietary habits as well as oral hygiene habits and frequent intake of different medications are risk factors to them.

Tooth decay can have effects on a child’s life more than just physical. Ultimately, untreated decay can cause pain and infection that may lead to problems speaking, sleeping, eating, socializing or focusing at school. These dental issues can lead to lessened performance and attendance in the classroom too.

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