A pediatric dentist has two extra years of specialized training and is dedicated to the oral health of children from infancy through teenage years. Infants, children, preteens and teenagers all need different approaches in dealing with their behavior, dental growth and development, and helping them avoid future dental problems. The pediatric dentist is best qualified to meet all of these needs.
Like the rest of the body, the teeth and mouth need a well-balanced diet from a variety of foods from the five major food groups. Many snacks children eat can lead to cavity formation. The more frequently a child snacks, the greater the chance for tooth decay. In addition, when food stays in the mouth for a long time, this causes longer acid attacks on tooth enamel. When your child snacks, choose nutritious foods such as vegetables, low-fat yogurt and low-fat cheeses, which are healthier and better for children’s teeth.
Teething is variable among babies. Generally the first baby teeth are the lower front (anterior) and usually begin erupting between the ages of 6-8 months. See “Eruption of Your Child’s Teeth” for more details.