Family dentistry can create a foundation for younger patients to establish lasting oral health habits. Early visits to our dental office can also help to ease the anxiety many young patients can experience when visiting the dentist for the first time. These general dentistry visits also allow your child to learn proper brushing and flossing techniques and build a healthy relationship with their smile. Dr. Ned Greenberg is a family dentist in Middle River, MD who works with patients of all ages. Learn why it is important to bring your child to routine dental visits as well as care for their primary teeth below.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Dr. Greenberg and his team ensure your child’s comfort during their first dental visit. We take the time to educate your child on how to maintain a clean and healthy smile. Our dental hygienists will also demonstrate good brushing and flossing techniques they can utilize at home. A typical child’s visit to our office may include:
- Dental cleaning
- Fluoride treatment
- Diagnostic x-rays
- Cavity and gum disease screening
We are dedicated to the oral health and well being of all of our patients, regardless of age. Dr. Greenberg will examine your child’s smile to find problem areas and can diagnose issues early for immediate treatment. It is important to schedule dental visits every six months so that we can catch dental problems early on before they worsen.
Children’s Dental Care FAQs
How do I take care of my child’s primary teeth?
Primary or baby teeth help to form a path for permanent future teeth. Your child’s teeth need to be taken care of daily because they can still be affected by cavities and tooth or gum infections. Even before your child’s primary teeth appear, you should be cleaning their gums with a wet washcloth to ensure that food particles and harmful bacteria are free from their mouth.
When brushing your child’s primary teeth, be sure to use an infant toothbrush that is the correct size for your child. Be sure to take extra care of the upper front teeth and primary molars as these teeth are the most prone to developing decay.
When should I start using toothpaste on my child’s teeth?
You should be using a wet washcloth to clean your child’s gums before their teeth erupt. Start to use toothpaste when teeth do come in. Use a small amount of toothpaste at first, about the size of a grain of rice. When your child is three years old, you may begin to add more toothpaste, about the size of a pea.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Are you looking for a family dentist in Middle River, Maryland? Call Dr. Greenberg for dental care for you and your child at 410.686.4646. Request a consultation with Dr. Greenberg on our website. If you have any questions about caring for your child’s teeth, let our dental hygienists or Dr. Greenberg know at your next appointment. They will be happy to help you get the answers you need.