A lifetime of good oral health begins during the first stages of life even before the first teeth emerge. Parents who are well-educated in children’s dental health can more adequately ensure that a child’s oral care needs are met. From an early age, pediatric dentists serve as partners in oral health and prevention, answering questions and providing helpful information about teething and at-home oral care.
Did you know…
that 2 in 5 children have at least one cavity by the time they go to kindergarten? In fact, early childhood caries can appear shortly after the first tooth appears. Once a baby has developed tooth decay, he or she is more likely to develop additional cavities over time.
Frequently Asked Questions
How should I take care of my baby’s teeth and gums at home?
Infants do not have teeth to brush or floss. However, they do have gums that should be cleansed gently with a damp cloth each day. Once the first tooth emerges, an age appropriately- sized toothbrush can be used to carefully brush and prevent the build-up of plaque.
Should I bring my infant to the dentist?
Yes. Early visits to the dentist are highly informational and supportive. Children should visit the dentist for the first time within six months of getting a first tooth and no later than age one. Choose a pediatric dentist who specializes in treating children and adolescents. Keep in mind that the initial dental visits for babies and toddlers are primarily educational, but have significant long-term impact on your child’s oral health.
Is there anything I can do to prevent early childhood tooth decay?
In addition to cleaning your infant’s teeth and gums, you can help prevent tooth decay by ensuring your child is getting plenty of fluoride – whether in your local water source, via fluoridated toothpaste or by way of professional fluoride treatments. In addition, do not allow your child to go to bed with a bottle, as doing so can lead to a condition known as ‘baby bottle decay’.
About Dr. Ben Salar
Dr. Salar grew up in Los Angeles, California. After earning his bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from UC Berkeley, he attended Temple University School of Dentistry where he earned his dental degree. Immediately after graduating, he attended the prestigious NYU/Bellevue hospital program where he received his specialty certificate in pediatric dentistry.
Upon finishing his education, Dr. Salar moved to the Great Sierra Nevada area where he has since served infants, children and adolescents in the local community. Although Dr. Salar emphasizes preventive dental care, conservative dentistry and home maintenance, his extensive sedation and surgical experience in performing full mouth oral rehabilitation has established him as the go to pediatric dentist for children requiring advanced complex treatment plans, special needs, anxiety and systemic health conditions.
With a cheerful demeanor and the intention of making sure ALL kids receive equal top notch treatment, Dr. Salar looks forward to serving his patients and their families with kindness and compassion.
About Dr. Eric Davis
Dr. Davis grew up in Dallas, Texas and completed his undergraduate work in Mechanical Engineering at BYU. As an avid aviator since high school, Dr. Davis began a flying career with Continental Airlines at a young age. However, Dr. Davis had an overwhelming desire to help people, so he left the airlines for a career in health care. He soon entered and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Dental Medicine with a Doctorate degree in Dental Medicine. During dental school, Dr. Davis had a strong desire to continue his education by specializing in Orthodontics. He then began a 3 year residency in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics. There he received his certificate in Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics and completed a Master of Science in Oral Biology.
Dr. Davis specializes in early treatment for children as well as interdisciplinary adult care. He takes an active role in meeting and exceeding the standards of his profession by consistently taking classes to be on the cutting edge of patient care and treatment options. He is strongly committed to his community where he has volunteered on a Cleft Lip/Palate and Craniofacial Team.
Dr. Davis is committed to the highest level of patient care providing prompt, friendly, and courteous service by a knowledgeable and highly trained team. Each patient is treated as an individual with a unique treatment plan designed for his or her specific needs. Dr. Davis works closely with an advanced team of dental specialists to make certain that all aspects of the patient’s oral heath care are addressed appropriately.
Dr. Davis is an avid aviator and wakeboarder. You will usually find him around “anything with a big engine and goes fast.” This includes hiking, riding quads and motorcycles, spending time outdoors but most importantly his family. He currently resides in Las Vegas. If you have questions or are considering Orthodontic Treatment, call or email us to arrange a free consultation with Dr. Davis.