Schedule your child’s first dental visit to the Frederick Center for Dentistry just after their third birthday. We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums and may take x-rays may be taken to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth. During this visit, we may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to protect the teeth against decay. Finally, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
Dr. Sahil Goyal is a Frederick, Maryland dentist that is passionate about helping patients of all ages maintain their smiles. He offers general dental solutions to enhance the appearance and health of teeth and gums.
First Visit Tips
Before your child’s first visit, you can take your child for a preview of the office. Read books with them about going to the dentist, speak positively about your own dental experiences, and review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit. Ensuring your child’s comfort with visiting the dentist will help them establish healthy oral health habits.
During your child’s first visit, we will:
- Examine the mouth, teeth, and gums
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking
- Teach you about cleaning your child’s teeth and gums
- Help you schedule regular dental visits
Your Child’s Preventative Care
In our Frederick, Maryland dentist office, we are concerned with all aspects of preventive care. We use the latest in dental sealant technology to protect your child’s teeth. Dental sealants are bonded to the chewing surfaces of back molars, which are the most prone to tooth decay.
Cavities are often caused by a lack of oral hygiene or a diet high in sugar. Limiting sugar intake and brushing regularly can help. The longer it takes your child to chew their food and the longer the residue stays on their teeth, the greater the chances of getting cavities.
To prevent cavities:
- Choose nutritious snacks
- Limit the frequency of meals and snacks
- Encourage brushing, flossing, and rinsing
- Avoid giving your child sticky foods
The first baby teeth that come into the mouth are the two bottom front teeth around 6 to 8 months. Next, the 4 upper front teeth and the remainder of your baby’s teeth will appear periodically. At around 2 1/2 years old your child should have all 20 teeth. Lastly, between the ages of 5 and 6, your child’s first permanent teeth will begin to erupt. Most children have a full set of baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, by the time they are 3 years old. When they reach 5 or 6, these teeth will start to fall out, making way for permanent teeth.
As with all teeth, baby teeth can be prone to cavities. Saving your child’s teeth by addressing these cavities prevents speech issues, late development, and eating issues. We offer sealants to prevent infection and the premature removal of the tooth.
Pediatric Dentistry FAQs
Why is child dental care important?
The earlier children start obtaining regular dental exams, the healthier their mouths will be for the rest of their lives. Early examinations aid in preventing cavities and dental decay, which can cause discomfort, difficulty concentrating, and other medical issues as children get older.
How many teeth do children have?
By the time they turn three years old, most children have their full set of 20 primary teeth. Primary teeth start to fall out at the age of 6 or 7 and the permanent teeth begin to erupt. An average adult has 32 permanent teeth by the time they are about 21 years old, 16 of which are in the upper jaw and 16 in the lower jaw.
Which teeth do children lose first?
The two bottom front teeth (lower central incisors) and the two top front teeth (upper central incisors) are normally the first infant teeth to fall out, followed by first molars, canines, and second molars.
What age do children generally get braces?
In general, children between the ages of 9 and 14 should think about getting braces. The best age for treatment typically occurs before kids reach puberty.
Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Call 301.264.5680 to schedule a dental appointment for you or your child. You may also request a dental exam with Dr. Goyal today.