Building Good Dental Habits from the Start

Young girl smiling wide after visiting dentist for toddlers in Fort Worth

As your child inches into toddlerhood, you’ll notice more of their baby teeth grow in, they’ll transition to eating solid foods, and they’ll become slightly more independent when it comes to taking care of their pearly whites. They may even look forward to visiting Dr. Thorburn every six months (well, that’s our goal)! Throughout these important formative years, our Trinity Pediatric Dentistry team will make sure that their teeth are growing properly, any oral health concerns are addressed in a timely manner, and make sure that as a parent or guardian, you have all of the important answers you need. So, call us today to get started by scheduling an appointment with our dentist for toddlers in Fort Worth!

Why Choose Trinity Pediatric Dentistry for Toddler Dental Care?

  • Convenient Location & Newly Remodeled Dental Office
  • We Accept & Maximize Dental Insurance
  • Dr. Thorburn Owns & Operates the Practice

Toddler Teeth Development

Toddler playing with stack of wooden ring toys

Around 12 months old, your child will start growing teeth. Over the next several years, their baby teeth will gradually erupt, with most of their visible ones erupting by their third birthday. They’ll also be transitioning to a solid food diet and teething, which can lead to an increased risk of oral health problems as well as some dental irritation. Once they feel comfortable at our office and enough teeth grow in, our team will make a gentle transition to include professional teeth cleanings at each of their checkups to help prevent the formation of cavities, baby bottle decay, and other concerns.

What Is Teething?

Smiling toddler girl with only two lower front teeth

Depending on your child’s oral development, teething can begin as early as three months old, once their first tooth begins making its way through the gumline. Irritation and inflammation caused by erupting teeth lead a child to begin chewing on items to relieve the discomfort. It can also cause excessive drooling, irritability, and crankiness, as well as disruptions in their sleeping and eating patterns. Our team can help by providing you with safe ways to soothe their pain.

How to Clean Your Toddler’s Teeth and Gums

Parent helping their toddler brush their teeth

When brushing your toddler’s teeth and gums, you’ll need to use a small, appropriate-sized toothbrush and rice grain-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste for children under three. Once they turn three years old, you can use a pea-sized amount. Angle their toothbrush at 45 degrees and gently brush in a circular motion over their teeth, being sure to reach the biting surface of their molars. It’s also important to clean their tongue as well, as that’s where bacteria and food debris can often linger!