Glenn J. Marie, DDS, is the owner of and a dentist at Dentistry for Children in Staten Island, New York. In this role, he specializes in treating children with Down’s syndrome, autism, and other special needs. Glenn J. Marie, DDS, is also a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), a nationwide membership organization that strives to advance the optimal oral health of all children.
The AAPD website features a “Question and Answers” section to help parents navigate their child’s dental care. Below you will find some of the most commonly asked questions and their answers.
Question: What kind of toothbrush should I use on my baby’s teeth?
Answer: A soft toothbrush with a small head will work to remove plaque. For the best results, look for a toothbrush specifically made for use on an infant’s teeth and gums.
Q: When should my child have his or her first dental check-up?
A: The AAPD recommends bringing your child in before his or her first birthday, as soon as the child’s teeth start coming in.
Q: Are pacifiers and thumb sucking hurting my baby’s teeth?
A: Generally speaking, no. Most children grow out of these habits by the age of three. If the habit continues at that point, it may then lead to dental issues. See your pediatric dentist about ways to stop the child from sucking a pacifier or thumb.