Baby Teeth

Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry

Pediatric Dentists located in The Woodlands, TX & Spring, TX

From the time that your child gets their first baby tooth, they need good dental care and established habits. At Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry in The Woodlands and Spring, Texas, you work together with skilled pediatric dentists Scott A. Andersen, DDS, or Tab R. Imdacha, DDS, to ensure that dental care for your baby is easy, effective, and comfortable. Use the online scheduler or call to request an appointment now.

Baby Teeth Q & A

When should my baby have their first dental appointment?

When your child gets their first baby tooth or when they turn 1 (whichever occurs first), it’s time to schedule their first visit to Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry. Seeing Dr. Andersen or Dr. Imdacha is important because it allows you to get to know your pediatric dentist while you learn the best ways to protect your child’s oral health.

How do baby teeth affect adult teeth?

It's a common myth that tooth decay in baby teeth is unrelated to adult teeth issues. Actually, there are a couple of reasons why it's crucial to keep baby teeth in good condition for the sake of future adult teeth.

One of the main roles your child's baby teeth play is to guide the placement of their adult teeth. But, if your child loses baby teeth prematurely because of decay, their adult teeth erupt without that guidance. This leaves your child more vulnerable to teeth alignment issues.

Another reason that baby teeth are so important is that decayed baby teeth can spread beyond the tooth. The infection can move into your child's adult teeth if they're already in position, or even into the jaw or the rest of the body.

Keeping your child's baby teeth healthy is important for their adult teeth, but also for another major reason: When your child develops good habits while they're young, they're more likely to continue those habits as an adult. And that means better oral health throughout their life.

How should I clean my baby’s teeth?

It’s important to start cleaning your baby’s mouth early — even before they have their first baby tooth. Clean your baby's gums gently with a clean, dampened cloth. Once your baby has teeth, you can start brushing with an age-appropriate soft bristle toothbrush and a tiny bit of fluoride toothpaste.

When your child turns 3, you can increase the amount of toothpaste used to about the size of a pea. Your child may feel ready to start brushing their own teeth when they're older, but in the baby and toddler years, it's up to you to keep their teeth healthy.

To get the best in dental care for your baby, call the Woodlands Pediatric Dentistry office convenient to you or click the online appointment button now.