Teeth begin developing long before they erupt, which is why we recommend bringing your child to see Dr. Lozada, Lancaster pediatric dentistry expert, by the time he or she reaches twelve months of age. Even though those primary teeth may not yet be visible, they are growing. These early checkups help us spot problems before they can cause serious trouble, and even give us a chance to prevent them. They also give us the opportunity to help teach your child proper dental habits right from the start, especially during those cavity-prone years.
Primary teeth are critical for your child’s proper development. They allow for proper biting and chewing, which ensures a healthy, balanced diet. They also aid proper speech. Furthermore, the primary teeth serve as placeholders for the permanent teeth, which ensure they erupt correctly. If those primary teeth become damaged or are lost too early, the permanent teeth may erupt into the wrong places, causing improper alignment, crooked teeth, or crowding which necessitates orthodontic treatment. Dr. Lozada, Lancaster pediatric dentist, works with parents to develop proper dental hygiene routines for children at all stages of life.
Pediatric Dentist Lancaster
Dr. Lozada, expert in pediatric dentistry in Lancaster, offers a variety of dental treatments for children, including:
• Dental exams
• Dental cleanings
• Dental sealants
• Fluoride treatments
• Tooth-colored fillings
• Dental crowns
• Dental Hygiene
Babies, toddlers, children, and teens can all get cavities, so it is important to develop good dental hygiene habits right from the start. Clean your baby’s mouth using a damp washcloth after each feeding. This removes plaque and helps your baby get used to the feeling of having their mouth cleaned.
Once her teeth have erupted, begin using a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste to brush the teeth after meals. Do not put them to bed with a bottle, which allows liquids to pool around her teeth and can lead to baby bottle rot. Once your child is old enough to brush their own teeth, monitor them until they hves established good dental habits. Dr. Lozada, pediatric dentist in Lancaster, may recommend specific products or techniques that can help your child stay on track.
Call us today to learn more or to schedule your child’s appointment with our dentist, Dr. Lozada.