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San Francisco
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How Do You Care for Baby Teeth?


Caring for Baby TeethAs a parent, your job is to introduce good oral health behaviors to your children beginning in infancy. Tooth decay affects more children than any other chronic condition, making regular oral and dental care a must from the beginning of your child's life.

When to See a Pediatric Dentist
San Francisco, CA


When your baby's first teeth begin to erupt, you probably don't think twice about seeing the dentist, however, you should; babies as young as 6 months to 1 year should see the dentist for a brief appointment. This time will allow the dentist to ensure that the teeth are coming in healthy and that there is no tooth decay. In addition, the dentist can help you learn how to properly brush your baby's teeth, and get them accustomed to seeing a dentist. The earlier that you and your baby adopt proper oral hygiene habits, the more likely it is that your child will have healthy teeth as they get older, and will not be fearful of future dental visits.

Oral Health Before Baby Teeth


Good oral health starts with the habits that parents begin at home with their infants. Before your little one's teeth appear, you will want to wipe your infant's gums with a clean, damp cloth twice daily to prevent baby bottle tooth decay, (caused by liquids like milk, formula, and fruit juice) and gum disease. As your infant grows and baby teeth begin to appear, you want to brush them with a small, soft bristle toothbrush and the tiniest bit of toothpaste. You will also need to take your children for their first dental visit if you haven't already done so (while there, check with our dental office for recommendations safe for little mouths). When your child is old enough to begin brushing alone, offer assistance in doing it correctly in the morning and before bed.

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Mon – Fri: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: By Appointment

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Orthodontics
801 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

Ph 415.316.0829
Fax 415.681.8501

Pediatric Dentistry
823 Taraval Street
San Francisco, CA 94116

Ph 415.316.0830
Fax 415.661.8330

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