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When is the Best Time for Your Childs First Dental Visit: At 2 to 3 Years

1. The dentist can take meaningful X-rays at 2 to 3 years of age to really visualize and examine your child’s teeth. If you bring your child for an exam when they are a few months old there is not much work your dentist can do for them. Most baby teeth haven’t came out yet and the mouth is too small to actually take any useful X-rays. The majority of the exam will be based on visual findings. And if you simply look carefully at their teeth you probably will be able to see any brown or black spots that may be resembling cavities yourself. It is not until they your child is a bit older at around two years or so when all the baby teeth have finally came out and the child is large enough to be able to take some useful X-rays. At this point your dentist can really see what is going on in their mouths and determine if there are cavities or any other problems.

2. Your child may now be old enough to perform some basic dental treatment if required. Again, there just isn’t a whole lot of dental treatment that can be done to a child less than a year old. Your child’s dental visit will resemble more of a consultation at this point. A cleaning and possibly some fluoride application provides minimal benefits. The majority of the visit at this age will consist of instructions on home hygiene and discussions regarding their diet and oral habits which you can research yourself if you have the patience. Very few children have any serious dental problems this early on if you are tending to their diet and oral hygiene.

  • Brush their teeth for them without using toothpaste just yet
  • Monitor their sugar intakes
  • Get them off the bottles which contain juices, milk or any type of sugar

3. Extra cost and effort. It can be overwhelming to fit in a dental cleaning during first year of your child’s life. In fact most moms feel that they are probably more deserving of a dental cleaning at this point and they are probably correct! With a full set of teeth and the risk of gum disease, you have a lot more to risk than your child does with only a handful of baby teeth barely out in their mouths!

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When is the Best Time for Your Childs First Dental Visit: At 6 Months to a Year

Saving vs. Removing Baby Teeth: How to Decide

How to Decide?

Answer the following questions:

  1. Has the tooth ever been painful?
  2. Is there a swelling around the tooth?
  3. Has your child been getting sick more often recently?
  4. If the bad tooth is in the front, is your child under the age of 5?
  5. If the bad tooth is in the back, is your child under the age of 10?
  6. Are you noticing adult teeth coming out but one baby tooth still oddly remaining in place?
  7. Has it been more than 6 months since your child last saw his or her dentist?

If you answered “yes” to most of the above questions then your should probably consider having a dentist take a look to see if the baby tooth requires removal. Don’t forget, only only can the infection from a bad b tooth spread to the adult tooth sitting underneath it and cause it to rot and change color, but it can spread to the blood stream and affect your child’s entire well-being!

If you  answered “no” to most of the above questions then you might be able to wait see maybe the tooth falls out before it causes any real problems. But make sure to keep a close eye on the tooth in the meantime!

Final Thought

It is nicer if your child gets to keeps their baby teeth since these teeth play an important role in their development by preserving the spaces for the adult teeth to come out correctly in their proper position. Children who lose several baby teeth typically end up with lots of crowding issues with their adult teeth and many end up having crooked teeth and a poor bite as a result. Keeping their baby teeth will help your child chew easier, speak better and generally grow up with more confidence.

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Saving vs. removing baby teeth: Removing baby teeth

Saving vs. Removing Baby Teeth: Removing baby teeth

1. It can be quite costly to save baby teeth. To save a baby tooth that has been infected it requires a baby root canal followed by a pre-made crown to cover it. This can be quite expensive without dental coverage and a lot of times you may also have to pay additional for the child to be put to sleep for the procedure as well. It may be feasible justifying spending this amount of money to save an adult tooth but it is much more difficult to do so when it involves a baby tooth considering that it is only going to be there for a short while longer. Taking the tooth out typically costs only a fraction of the price, unless of course a space maintainer is required which is sort of expensive as well. The costs of saving an infected tooth are as follows:

  • Exam and X-rays
  • Baby root canal (pulpotomy)
  • Clear(front teeth) or stainless-steel (back teeth) pre-made crown
  • Possible costs of anesthesia

2. It may be equally difficult to do the baby root canal and crown as it is removing the tooth. Most children who have proven uncooperative for teeth extractions are not much better with it come to fixing them either. If your child is wailing and screaming at the dentist then there is not a whole lot of difference what treatment they are actually going to be getting done. You probably need to consider taking them to a pediatric dentist to see what options there are to get them to cooperate.

3. Baby teeth are temporary after all. Losing an adult tooth can be devastating as it could cause your whole bite to collapse and affect your entire mouth. On the other hand losing a baby tooth for a year or two does not have as great of an impact comparatively. After all if there is an adult tooth sitting behind them then it is only a matter of time until this adult tooth replaces the missing gap. And even when you do receive the baby root canal sometimes the pain and discomfort will persist even though the treatment was supposedly completed successfully. Also baby tooth crowns may fall off sooner than expected or become trapped when the grown up tooth starts to push out and can create problems of their own.

helpful hint – The front 4 baby teeth typically fall out around 6 to 8 years of age while the 6 baby teeth located towards the back fall out around 11 to 13 years of age. Typically a year or so before the baby tooth is due to fall out you may elect not to do anything to them so long as your child is not having any pain and there is no infection that is spreading to their body. At this stage you can choose to carefully monitor the damaged tooth and wait for it to fall out on its own. Or just remove the bad tooth, it is probably quite loose by now and may even come out without even requiring a shot.

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Saving vs. Removing Baby Teeth: Saving Baby Teeth