What to expect from our pediatric dental office
At “Dr Doug’s” childrens dental office in Logan, Utah, our goal is to educate children and parents in order to promote healthy bodies and beautiful teeth for those in our office. Our hope and goal is that we can do this in a positive fun atmosphere. We believe that with a fun place to play and people that truly care for your child we can make your visit great. We are excited to get to know each parent and child that comes into our office. We hope you enjoy getting to know us too.
As a pediatric dentist “Dr. Doug” has specialized training in the latest research in pediatric dentistry. He is versed in the most up to date restorative techniques, information, and in pediatric oral facial development.
When to come to the Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends to start coming to the dentist sometime between the time of the first tooth and one years of age. This will allow the dentist to diagnose any special oral conditions and to create a positive first visit.
How often to Brush?
At a minimum, you should brush your toddlers teeth twice a day. Generally, you would brush your child’s teeth in the morning and before bedtime. Begin flossing when teeth began touching each other.
What is Topical fluoride?
Topical fluorides include toothpastes, mouth rinses and professionally applied fluoride therapies. Topical fluorides strengthen teeth already present in the mouth making them more decay resistant.
Children over 18 months should use at most a pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste. This amount should be used until they are old enough to spit.
What is Systemic fluoride?
Fluorides that are ingested into the body and become incorporated into forming tooth structure. They include fluoridated water and dietary supplements in the form of tablets, drops, or lozenges.
When will my child get and loose their teeth and get their permanent teeth?
- At about six months of age, the lower central incisors (bottom jaw front teeth) generally erupt. These are followed by the upper incisors and both maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) lateral incisors.
- By the first birthday, eight incisors are usually present.
- At about 15 months of age, the first primary molars (back teeth used for grinding food) erupt.
- Around age two, the canines are present. Shortly thereafter, the second primary molars erupt.
- By three years of age, all of the primary teeth are generally present.
- The permanent teeth start erupting from the age of 6, and by the age of 13, all the baby teeth have been replaced.
- During these 7 years, 20 baby teeth are lost and are replaced by 28 permanent teeth.
- The mixed dentition stage is the period when some baby and permanent teeth are visible in the mouth at the same time.
- These are average timelines and can be discussed on an individual basis with Dr. Doug.