Pediatric Dentistry

Here at the Waldorf, MD practice of Dr. Christian Johnson DMD, we specialize in pediatric dentistry because Dr. Johnson and his team strongly believe that maintaining your child's dental health sooner rather than later will provide health benefits well into adulthood.
 Kids developing jaws and teeth.

The Importance Of Baby Teeth 

Your child's 20 baby teeth will begin to appear usually between six and nine months, however, in some cases it may start as early as three months or as late as twelve months. The two lower front teeth tend to erupt first, followed by the two upper ones. The first molars come in next, followed by the canines (eyeteeth).


It is crucial to begin to care for your child’s new teeth early because primary (baby) teeth serve some extremely important functions:

  • Primary teeth serve as guides for the eruption of permanent (adult) teeth

Baby teeth hold the space into which new teeth will erupt, as the crowns (tops) of the permanent teeth actually push against the roots of the baby teeth, causing them to resorb, or melt away. Then adult teeth can take their proper place.

  • Primary teeth help your child to bite, chew and speak

For the first six years, your child will rely on primary teeth exclusively to perform important functions, so you will want to make sure those teeth stay healthy and are lost naturally when it's time.

Caring For Child’s First Teeth

Kids mouth anatomy.Once youbaby’s new teeth come in, you’ll want to start an oral hygiene regime to ensure these teeth develop to be healthy and strong. Sometimes your baby can experience teething discomfort during this process. If so, let us, your Waldorf pediatric dental specialists, know and we will advise you as to the best course of action.

We recommend doing the following to care for your child’s new teeth:

  • Gently wipe your infant's gums and newly erupting teeth after each feeding with a water-soaked gauze pad or damp washcloth.
  • Starting at age 2, when there are more teeth in the mouth, establish a daily brushing routine with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and no more than a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Supervise and help your child with brushing until he/she reaches the age of 6.
  • Schedule for your child to visit your local Brandywine, MD dentist by his/her first birthday. 

Your child's 20 baby teeth will begin to appear usually between six and nine months, though in some cases it may start as early as three months or as late as twelve months. The two lower front teeth tend to erupt first, followed by the two upper ones. The first molars come in next, followed by the canines (eyeteeth). Sometimes your baby can experience teething discomfort during this process. If so, let us know and we will advise you as to the best course of action.

Your infant's gums and newly erupting teeth should be gently wiped after each feeding with a water-soaked gauze pad or damp washcloth. Starting at age 2, when there are more teeth in the mouth, establish a daily brushing routine with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush and no more than a thin smear of fluoridated toothpaste. Your child may need your help with this important task until about the age of 6.

Your Child's First Dental Appointment

Age one dental visit

Although bringing your child in to see Dr. Christian Johnson by his/her first birthday may sound early, our Waldorf, MD dental team can teach you proper pediatric oral hygiene techniques, check for cavities and various forms of tooth decay that can affect babies and small children, and watch for developmental problems.

Most of all, we want to make sure your child has a positive experience at our Waldorf, MD dental office and will be a regular visitor for years to come.

Pediatric Dental Treatments

There are a variety of premier pediatric dental treatments that Christian Johnson DMD and his team provide to prevent tooth decay in children, or to save or repair teeth when necessary. They include:

Topical Fluoride — Fluoride incorporates into the enamel of teeth, making it harder and more resistant to decay. Although there is a small amount of fluoride in toothpastes and in some drinking water supplies, we can apply a higher concentration onto your child's teeth for maximum protection.

Dental Sealants — Dental sealants are easy to apply and provide years of protection from cavities by sealing the little grooves on the chewing surfaces of back teeth known as “pits and fissures.”

Dental Bonding — Chips and minor fractures to front teeth — common childhood occurrences — can be repaired with tooth-colored bonding materials. These lifelike resins made of plastic and glass can be used on baby teeth as well as permanent teeth and last until your child has completed facial growth. 

Root Canal Treatment — Sometimes children need root canals to save an injured or severely decayed tooth. Saving baby teeth from premature loss can help prevent a malocclusion (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) that requires orthodontic treatment.

Orthodontic Evaluation — By around age 7, most malocclusions have become evident and interceptive orthodontic treatment around this time can help direct proper tooth positioning and/or jaw growth, eliminating or simplifying the need for later treatment. There are many orthodontic problems that can be detected early and that’s why the trained professionals at Dr. Christian Johnson’s practice should evaluate your child during his/her growth and development.

 Orthodontic Problems.

Mouthguards — If your child is active in sports, we highly recommend a custom-made mouthguard. Our expert team can have a mouthguard custom-made specifically for your child using a model of his or her teeth that will offer greater protection than an off-the-shelf model. It's an investment that pays off highly in the form of reduced pain and dental expenses down the road! Please ask us about mouthguards at your child's next appointment.

Contact Your Waldorf, MD Pediatric Dentist

Give your child a lifetime of good dental health and schedule an appointment to see us in our Waldorf, MD office. Contact us or use our online form to have your child see Dr. Christian Johnson and his dental team and receive quality pediatric dental care in the Brandywine, MD area!

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