Posts Tagged ‘Pediatric Dentist’

The Effects Of Thumb Sucking On Children’s Teeth

Friday, April 12th, 2019
Learn about the effects of thumb sucking on children’s teeth.

Learn about the effects of thumb sucking on children’s teeth.

Thumb sucking is one of the most common habits for young children, as it calms them down and soothes them. However, regular thumb sucking and pacifier use can have a negative impact on their teeth as they age. Continue reading to learn about the long-term effects of thumb sucking and pacifier use on children’s teeth and their oral health, and a few tips on how to stop the habit. (more…)

3 Surprising Causes Of Bad Breath In Children

Friday, January 25th, 2019
Learn about three surprising causes of bad breath in children.

Learn about three surprising causes of bad breath in children.

Although you make sure your child is brushing their teeth every night and morning, you may still notice that they often have bad breath. While brushing teeth is an essential part of a healthy oral care routine, it is not always enough to stop bad breath. Continue reading for a few surprising causes of bad breath in children and how to prevent them. (more…)

3 Tips For Brushing Your Child’s Teeth

Friday, January 18th, 2019
All parents should know these three tips for brushing children’s teeth.

All parents should know these three tips for brushing children’s teeth.

Oral care is important for people of all ages, including your young kids! Even though your children will lose their baby teeth at some point, it’s essential to practice healthy oral care habits from an early age. Continue reading to learn a few crucial tips for brushing your child’s teeth. (more…)

How Dental Sealants Can Protect Your Child’s Teeth

Friday, September 28th, 2018
Dental injury, lost tooth

Learn how dental sealants can protect your child’s teeth.

If your child gets a cavity, it’s likely on the chewing surface on the back tooth. This type of cavity, known as pit and fissure decay, can be prevented in kids and even adults with the placement of dental sealants. Continue reading to learn more about dental sealants and how the can protect your child’s teeth. (more…)

When To Take Your Child To The Dentist For The First Time

Friday, April 20th, 2018
 Learn when to take your child to the dentist for the first time.

Learn when to take your child to the dentist for the first time.

One of the most common questions dentists get from parents is when their son or daughter should have their first dental visit. The answer isn’t always the same, as every parent has a different idea of when they want their child to see the dentist. Continue reading to learn dentists’ recommendations for when your child should get their teeth checked. (more…)

What Is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Monday, August 15th, 2016
baby bottle tooth decay

Baby bottle tooth decay can cause development problems for your child’s teeth.

When sweetened liquids or those with natural sugars (milk, formula, fruit juice) cling to an infant’s teeth for a long period of time, they can experience what’s commonly referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. While giving an infant a sugary drink or pacifier might be an effective way to get them to sleep, it can also be particularly harmful because the flow of saliva decreases during sleep. Just because baby teeth are temporary, does not mean it isn’t important to keep them in good shape. Baby bottle tooth decay can cause pain and infection, which if left untreated may result in a child developing poor eating habits, speech problems, or crooked and damaged adult teeth. (more…)

Finding the Right Pediatric Dentist

Friday, September 11th, 2015
Pediatric Dentistry

A good pediatric dentist will advertise a number of services beyond regular oral health exams.

Experts agree that the dentist is less threatening the early you get your child exposed, so finding the right pediatric dentist can set the tone for a lifetime of proper oral hygiene. Of course, finding a pediatric dentist who can fit into your schedule isn’t always easy. Let’s take a look at how you can find a service you can trust and feel comfortable with. (more…)

Your Catonsville Dentist: How To Care For Your Baby’s Teeth

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

baby teethIf you’re a new parent or are expecting you’ve doubtlessly got about a million concerns on your mind more pressing than dentistry. But slow down and think for a minute because childhood and infant tooth care, as well as pediatric dentistry, can affect your baby’s teeth for the rest of their lives. That’s why it’s important to know how to care for your young child or infant’s teeth. Affinity Dental, your Catonsville pediatric dentist, is here with some tips.

Baby Gum Care

Taking care of your baby’s gums can start immediately after birth. However initial care won’t involve a toothbrush or toothpaste. Here’s a simple routine you can use to take care of your baby’s gums. To take care of your baby’s gums, take a moist, very soft washcloth (you may also use gauze)and use it to gently wipe your baby’s gums at least twice daily. It’s especially important to do this after feedings and before bedtime in order to wash off and prevent bacteria from adhering to their gums. Bacteria poses a sever danger to infants, and can create plaque that damages their emerging teeth.

Baby Tooth Care

When your child’s teeth begin to emerge, you may use a toothbrush. However it’s very important to select a very soft brush with a small head and a large handle, to facilitate better control and minimize the risk of hurting your baby’s teeth. To brush their teeth, follow these steps: First just wet the toothbrush for gentle brushing. When teeth begin to pop up, use the tiniest drop of toothpaste you can squeeze from the tube. You can increase to using a pea-sized amount when your child is 3. You can brush their teeth until they are old enough to start learning themselves. Supervise them and teach until they can rinse and spit unaided

Visit a Pediatric Dentist

Your child should have their first pediatric dental appointment by age 1. Visit the dentist sooner if you observe any of the signs of baby tooth decay. If you see abnormally brown or white spots on your infant’s teeth, your baby could be suffering from infant tooth decay. Even if there is no emergency, your pediatric dentist can give you advice on baby tooth care, teething, thumb sucking and fluoride usage.

Affinity Dental is here with the best in pediatric dentistry. Our skilled and devoted dentists are here to make sure your child’s teeth grow up healthy. If you have any questions about Pediatric Dentistry Catonsville, contact us by phone at 410-719-7900, or on our website.

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

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Why Should I Choose a Catonsville Pediatric Dentist for my Child?

Friday, June 6th, 2014

pediatric dentistryChildren’s health needs are much different than those of an adult. Choosing a dentist who knows how to properly take care of your child’s teeth will help them create better oral care habits over time and help ensure that their teeth develop properly. A set of baby teeth requires special care and nurturing so that the adult teeth underneath can come in healthy and on time. The younger a dentist gets to meet a child, the better the relationship will develop between dentist and child, which is very important for trust and understanding between the two. When you’re searching for a pediatric dentist for your child, there are a few things that you should look out for.

  • Does your dentist have pediatric experience? – It’s great if you and your child can both see the same dentist at a family practice. At Affinity Dental, we know that it’s important that your child is comfortable in our care, and our dentists have the experience and knowledge to work with both you and your child. We like to introduce ourselves early and get to know how your child will respond to dentistry.
  • Does the dentist offer sedation dentistry? – Sometimes kids have a harder time dealing with the dentist’s chair than adults do. They can be uncomfortable or they just might not entirely understand what’s going on. Different types of sedation dentistry can help children be more comfortable and can help the dentist do a better job, since they’re able to get things done in a stress free environment. We offer different levels of sedation dentistry at Affinity Dental Care to help make both you and your child more comfortable in our capable hands.
  • Is the atmosphere comfortable for your child? – This will vary for different children. The first thing you’ll want to do is take your child to visit the dentist in an informal way – meaning the first time your child means his or her dentist isn’t to have work done, but just to kind of get to know who will be working on their teeth. We like your child’s first visit to be with you or an older sibling who is getting work done so that they can see what the dentist is like and understand that we’re someone that they can trust.

A pediatric dentist is someone who likes working with kids and understand that their needs are different from those of adults. At Affinity Dental, we take the time to make sure that your child receives top-notch care and is comfortable both in the office and in the chair. At Affinity Dental we strive to provide our patients with the personal, professional, quality dental care they need, while making it convenient, painless, and affordable. We offer morning, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate our patients and provide access to care to fit your busy schedule. If you have any questions concerning pediatric dentistry, give us a call at 410-719-7900 or visit our website.

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

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How To Choose A Pediatric Dentist

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Good oral health needs to start at a young age, typically around a year and a half. It is these trips to the dentist and a well-structured daily oral health routine that will set the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. However, a dramatic first experience at the dentist could discourage a child. This is why it is so important to find a dentist that specializes in pediatric dentistry.

How to choose a Dentist

  1. For starters, ask questions. What experience does the dentist have with children? Is the office set up for children? Does the dentist allow you to be present during treatment?
  2. Rapport: Take your child to see your potential dentist. How does he/she get along with the dentist? What does the dentist do to make your child feel at ease? “Chair side Manner” is important.
  3. Sedation: Sometimes, children just do not respond well to the dentist. When this happens, sedation dentistry may be your best option. Does your prospective dentist offer this option?

Affinity Dental Associates: Pediatric Dentistry Catonsville

At Affinity Dental Associates, our Pediatric Patients are very important to us. We do everything we can to combine great dental care with a fun, relaxing experience. To make children more comfortable at the dentist, we try to enlist the child in their treatment. Most children want to help us “clean the germs out” of the hole in their tooth.

By relating to children with understanding and patience at a level they can understand, we find that most children will accept the necessary treatment.

Preparing your Child for his/her First Dental Visit

As we already said, the first dental visit sets the tone for a lifetime of good oral health. So how do you prepare your child for this experience?

  1. Talk to your child about the dentist. Explain what will happen and tell them what they can expect.
  2. Stay calm. Don’t articulate any fears you have. And do not act nervous.
  3. Firsthand experience is nice. At Affinity Dental Associates, we like to informally meet children around 18 months of age. When a parent or sibling is having a check-up, we can introduce ourselves to your child. Your child can see what happens at the Dentist, and we can give your child a quick and informal examination. Then, when your child returns in six months, he or she will be much more comfortable for the formal examination and cleaning.

If you have any questions about Pediatric Dentistry Catonsville, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit today!

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


  1. Your Child and the Dentist – Topic Overview WebMD