Baby Teeth Specialist

Davette Johnson-Harris, DDS -  - Pediatric Dentistry

Lakewood Kids Dentistry

Davette Johnson-Harris, DDS

Pediatric Dentistry serving patients in North West Houston and surrounding areas

Dental care is critical at all stages of life, even when your child has their baby teeth. Davette Johnson-Harris, DDS, a skilled and compassionate pedodontist (pediatric dentist) at Lakewood Kids Dentistry in Houston, offers expert dental care for children who have their baby teeth. If you’re looking for a dentist who specializes in children’s dental needs, call Lakewood Kids Dentistry or make an appointment online today.

Baby Teeth Q & A

What are baby teeth?

You might think that baby teeth hardly matter since adult teeth replace them, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Your child’s baby teeth not only help them eat, talk, and smile, but they also prepare the jaw for adult teeth. 

Most children have a set of 20 baby teeth, which hold places in the jaw as the adult teeth develop. For example, if your child loses a baby tooth too early, the other teeth can drift into the available space, which can cause problems when it’s time for the adult teeth to erupt. 

Your child also learns how to brush and floss their baby teeth, developing excellent at-home dental hygiene habits that will help them maintain a beautiful, healthy smile for the rest of their life.

Does my child need to see a dentist while they have baby teeth?

Yes! Professional dental care is essential for children. Your child should have their first dental appointment around the time that their first baby tooth emerges. During this appointment, Dr. Johnson-Harris checks your baby’s gums and jaw. She also teaches you how to clean and care for your baby’s gums as their teeth erupt. 

From this point, your child should have dental checkups every six months, just like you. Dr. Johnson-Harris monitors your child’s dental development and health. She provides treatments to protect their teeth and gums from decay and disease. Healthy baby teeth and good oral hygiene habits lead to healthy adult teeth.

During your child’s dental exam, you can expect:

  • A child-friendly explanation of what your little one can expect
  • A visual exam of your child’s teeth, gums, cheeks, lips, and throat
  • A professional cleaning and polishing of their teeth
  • X-rays as needed

Additionally, Dr. Johnson-Harris can identify signs that your child may need orthodontic care as they grow up. 

How should I take care of my child’s baby teeth at home?

Until the age of 3, you should brush your child’s teeth twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small smear amount of fluoride toothpaste. As your little one becomes more independent, you can teach them how to brush their own teeth. A wide variety of child-friendly toothbrushes and toothpastes are available to make this essential twice a day habit more fun. 

Call Lakewood Kids Dentistry or make an appointment online for friendly and expert pediatric dental care.