Kids Dentistry


Kids-DentistryAlthough your child will lose his or her first set of teeth, those small pearly whites still require conscientious care. That is why it is important from an early age to begin visiting a children’s dentist.

Baby teeth (or primary teeth) may not last forever, but they serve some extremely important functions. And taking care of your child’s oral and dental health now will ensure a future of happy and healthy smiles.

Important Functions of Baby Teeth

Baby teeth act as guides for the eruption of permanent (adult) teeth, holding the space for them. When permanent teeth are ready to come out, the crowns (tops) of the teeth push against the roots of the baby teeth, causing them to resorb, or melt away so the adult teeth can take their proper place.

Additionally, primary teeth are solely responsible for a child’s ability to chew, bite, and speak for about the first six years of his or her life. And as adult teeth grow in, the remaining primary teeth will continue to aid your child with these important functions. As such, you’ll want to make sure those baby teeth stay healthy and are lost naturally—when it's time.

Your Child's First Teeth

Your child will develop 20 baby teeth. These teeth usually start to appear when your child is between 6 – 12 months of age. The two lower front teeth tend to erupt first, followed by the two upper ones. The first molars come in next, followed by the canines (eyeteeth). Sometimes your baby can experience teething discomfort during this time. If your baby experiences discomfort, please let your children’s dentist know and we will advise you as to the best course of action.

Your infant's gums and newly erupted teeth should be gently wiped after each feeding with a water-soaked gauze pad or a damp washcloth. Starting at age two (when there are significantly more teeth in the mouth) it is important for you to establish a daily brushing routine with your child. Utilize a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and no more than a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste for brushing. Your child may need your help with this important task until he or she is about six years old.


Teething refers to the process of a baby’s primary teeth emerging through the gums and becoming visible in the mouth. This can be uncomfortable for your baby. The best way to relieve the discomfort is by applying cold and/or pressure to the affected area. You can do this by utilizing:

  • Chilled teething rings
  • Cold, wet washcloths
  • Chilled pacifiers
  • Massaging your baby's gums with your finger

Common Children’s Dental Treatments​​

Common-Children-s-Dental-TreatmentsThere are a variety of dental treatments we provide at our Lincoln family dentistry to prevent tooth decay in children and save or repair teeth when necessary. Aside from providing thorough cleanings, we also offer:

Fluoride Treatments—

Fluoride incorporates into the enamel of teeth, making the enamel harder and more resistant to decay. Although there is a small amount of fluoride in toothpastes and in some drinking water supplies, our dentists can apply a higher concentration to your child's teeth for maximum protection.

Dental Sealants —

Our dentists can apply a plastic coating that prevents cavities by sealing the little grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth known as “pits and fissures.” These crevices are the perfect environments for decay-causing bacteria to hide. Immature tooth enamel is more permeable and therefore less resistant to tooth decay. Dental sealants are an easy-to-apply form of protection that can safeguard your child’s teeth for years.

Dental Fillings —

At Antelope Creek Family Dentistry, we utilize dental fillings as a means to restore a damaged tooth post the development of a cavity or decay. This process involves removing the decay and sealing off the area so that no bacteria can continue to harm it.

Space Maintainers —

Should your child lose a baby teeth prematurely, space maintainers can be fixed to the inside of his or her mouth to retain your child’s bite and healthy tooth alignment until the missing permanent tooth grows in.

Beginning the Journey

In addition to making sure your child maintains a healthy diet and keeps up with a proper oral hygiene routine, bringing your child in for a kids dentistry appointment with one of our trusted Lincoln family dentists is the best thing you can do to make sure he or she is set on the road to a lifetime of healthy, beautiful smiles. Contact Antelope Creek Family Dentistry today and schedule your child’s first visit!