Many people don’t realize that babies need to see a dentist. Did you know that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that your child see dentist when the very first tooth comes through the gum and no later than the age of 1?
Though the primary teeth, or baby teeth, are only temporary, they play an important role in your child’s mouth. They help with chewing, yes, but they also help your child speak clearly. Plus, they are the gatekeepers of the permanent teeth, holding their place until they are ready to come up. Take care of these little helpers by cleaning them regularly with a cloth or soft toothbrush and a tiny dab of fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts. As they grow, your child will learn how to clean the teeth themselves to promote good oral health.
What To Expect
A first dental appointment for your baby or toddler is nothing to fear; most of the time it just consists of your child meeting the dentist and sitting in the chair to have their teeth looked at. The dentist might also take the opportunity to help you understand the best ways to clean your baby’s teeth and how to keep them strong. If you have any questions or concerns, your dentist can answer those and help put you at ease. Not only will your child establish a good relationship with the dentist, but you will too.
Come On In!
If your baby has already seen a dentist, we’re glad to hear it. If not, we at Shine Dental would love to have the opportunity to welcome them to our dental family! We use extra gentle care and caution when it comes to all children so that they can learn to trust in the dentist from a young age. Our professional dental staff wants to make your child feel comfortable seeing a dentist now to avoid general dental fears and tooth trouble later.
It is our goal to provide your child with the understanding that taking care of your teeth is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Proper cleaning techniques, as well as preventative dental care, will ensure a bright smile as your child grows. And if there are any issues to take care of, we’ll be right on top of it before it can cause a problem. Healthy smiles last a lifetime; start now to keep them that way.