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Children’s Dentistry – Rochester, MN

How to Take Care of Your Growing Smiles

Smiling young girl in dental chair

Gentling Dental is proud to offer children’s dentistry in Rochester MN. Here are some answers to common questions about your kid’s oral health.

When Should I first Take My Child to the Dentist?

A good rule of thumb is to take your baby to your family dentist six months after their first tooth erupts. Generally, this is when they are about 1 year old.

How Important are Baby Teeth?

Baby teeth are critical to the permanent teeth to follow. Infections can affect the permanent teeth underneath. Baby teeth hold the space for the permanent tooth that will arrive later. A baby tooth that is lost too early can cause the permanent teeth to shift and be out of alignment when they come in.

When is My Child Old Enough to Brush by Themselves?

Until the age of 5, most children do not have the fine motor skills necessary to brush their teeth by themselves. Parents need to supervise their child's tooth brushing routine until they develop the skill to brush their own teeth.

When Should I Add Toothpaste to Brushing My Child’s Teeth?

When your baby's first tooth erupts, it’s best to start by gently swabbing their gums with a soft cloth. By age one, you can introduce their toothbrush and begin to brush their teeth with water. As he or she becomes skilled at holding their own toothbrush, put a small smear of toothpaste on their brush. By the age of 5, you can begin to put a pea size amount of toothpaste on the toothbrush.

Should I be Adding Fluoride as a Supplement to My Children’s Drinking Water?

Generally, children receive the necessary amount of fluoride in their drinking water and from the toothpaste they use. For children on well water, you’ll need to ask your dentist about supplementing with fluoride tablets.

What Should I do if My Child's Tooth is Knocked Out?

Place your child's tooth in a container of skim milk and bring your child and their tooth to the dentist within an hour of the tooth being knocked out. The sooner you can arrive at your dental office in Rochester MN, the better, for the most successful outcome.

Is it ok if My Toddler Goes to Bed with a Bottle?

Generally, this is not a good idea. A child, who is put to bed with a bottle of juice or milk, is much more likely to develop cavities. If you feel your child needs a bottle in bed, make sure that it contains water only.

When will My Child Lose Their Baby Teeth?

Children will usually begin to lose their baby teeth when they are 4 years old. Often times, the front teeth are lost first.

For more information on our children’s dentistry in Rochester MN, contact Gentling Dental Care today!