Early Dental Care

Helping Your Child Develop Healthy Oral Habits: Tips From Your Lansing Pediatric Dentist

At the pediatric dental office of Dr. Jacob Myers, we know how vital it is that you help your child start taking good care of their oral health from a young age. Caring for your oral health at a young age will only pay off in the future. A large part of helping your child develop healthy habits is knowing the proper stages of development, from teething to tooth eruptions. Learn more about early dental care from Dr. Myers today!

Infant Tooth Eruptions:

Though teeth typically won’t begin to erupt in your baby’s mouth until they’re about six months old, your child’s teeth actually begin to form before they’re born! Generally, before their first birthday, your child’s primary teeth (also known as their baby teeth) will begin to push through the gums followed by the lower and then upper central incisors. Your child should have the rest of their 20 baby teeth by the time they turn 3 - but every child is different! Dr. Myers will check on your child’s development at every appointment.

Teething:

Teething can be quite an uncomfortable process for both babies and toddlers to go through. Most children get quite a few of their baby teeth between 6 and 12 months of age. During this time, children can be extra fussy and irritable due to the discomfort of their teeth rupturing through the gums - just like you would be, too! To help children ease the discomfort of teeth growing in, parents can use the following to help soothe their teeth:

  • A clean finger
  • The back of a cold spoon
  • A wet, cool cloth
  • A cool teething ring

While your child is teething, watch closely for signs of baby bottle decay. Parents should check their child's teeth every two weeks (or more) and look for dull, off-white spots that might seem like they are less white than the rest of the tooth's surface - this may be a sign of sugars from milk or juice affecting the strength of your child’s teeth.

Scheduling Your Child’s First Visit To The Dentist

Believe it or not, the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children make their first trip to the dentist around (or before) their first birthday. Even if only a few of your child’s baby teeth have erupted, this initial checkup is important for everybody involved:

  • Allows our pediatric dentist to check the overall health of your child’s gums and teeth
  • Gives your child the opportunity to get comfortable with the dentist and staff from a young age
  • Allows you to ask questions you may have about your child’s oral health
  • Sets the tone for children to be used to seeing the dentist throughout the rest of their lives

Children who grow up going to the dentist are more likely to become adults who go to the dentist on a regular basis. East Lansing pediatric dentistry is key to providing children with a solid foundation for going to the dentist regularly throughout their lives as part of a healthy oral care routine.

Visit Your East Lansing Kids’ Dentist Today!

Pediatric dentistry is vital to your child's future oral health. The knowledgeable and friendly staff at Dr. Jacob Myers office are here to help provide you with the high-quality dentistry in a friendly and relaxed environment that will make you and your child feel at ease. Please feel free to contact us online or phone us at (517) 337-0032. We look forward to seeing you in our offices soon!