Entering the Next Phase of a Growing Smile

If you find yourself exhausted from chasing your toddler around all the time, you’re not alone. These little ones are always on the move, making it hard to not only get them to eat their vegetables but also take care of their teeth and gums. This is why our team at Main Street Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics is here to help! Delivering dental services designed to encourage healthy smiles, we can clean, examine, and prevent cavities while also providing ways to make oral hygiene easier at home. Give our dentists for toddlers in Pleasanton a call if you’re ready to schedule your child’s next appointment.

Why Choose Main Street Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics for Dentistry for Toddlers?

  • Board-Certified Dentists You Can Trust
  • 24-Hour Emergency Dental Care
  • State-of-the-Art Technology Available

Toddler Teeth Development

Little boy grinning after visiting dentist for toddlers in Pleasanton

As your child transitions from infant to toddler, their smile will change as you begin to see more teeth erupting. You can expect to see the first one push through the gums between 6-12 months. Each month after that, they will likely have 1-2 more pop up. By the time they reach the age of 3, they should have all of their baby teeth (20 in total) in place. Each child is different though, so make sure you stay in contact with your child’s pediatric dentist.

What Is Teething?

Close up of smiling baby with only a few teeth

Teething is a process that every child must go through. As teeth begin to erupt, they push through the gums so that they are visible. Unfortunately, for most, it can cause much pain, making it a difficult time for both you and your baby. Our team, however, can offer tips and solutions to keep your little one comfortable as they prepare to welcome new teeth over the next few years.

How to Clean Your Toddler’s Teeth and Gums

Mother showing her toddler how to brush their teeth

Keeping your toddler’s teeth and gums clean requires time, patience, and effort. You can use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small brush head and a small amount of fluoride toothpaste (a smear, which is the size of a grain of rice). Gently cleaning each tooth, as well as their gums, you can have them try to rinse, but most children at this age are unsuccessful. Brushing in the morning and at night is essential to minimize their risk of cavities.