There’s a lot to keep straight as a new parent — like feeding times, baby proofing the house, and how do you tie that baby wrap, anyway? And like most new moms and dads, you probably have some particular questions regarding your little one’s oral health, too. When should your child visit the dentist for the first time? Maybe sooner than you’d think, says the children’s dentist in Belton.
When to Visit the Dentist for the First Time?
Many parents are surprised to learn that babies should begin their regular checkups and cleanings around the time of their first birthday. It’s a good way to introduce your little one to the environment of the dental office, before they are likely to be timid at the dentist’s. And by the time your child turns one, he or she will already have a few teeth, so we can make sure everything is looking healthy inside your favorite little smile.
What Happens During a First Dental Checkup?
These first visits are a breeze. It’s a friendly appointment, and your baby will sit in your lap the whole time. We’ll take a quick look inside your little ones mouth, and we may perform a light cleaning. Decay and infection are unlikely to occur at this age, but very young children are at risk of a condition known as baby bottle tooth decay. If your child’s dentist sees anything worrisome, we’ll thoroughly discuss proper hygiene tactics for your baby’s smile.
You will have plenty of time to talk about your baby’s dental health with the dentist. Feel free to ask any questions you have during this appointment.
Will My Baby Be Scared Visiting the Dentist?
At ACE Dental, we know many children are nervous in new environments. But good experiences at the dentist from an early age are crucial for a lifetime of good dental care — and that’s why we are always extra calm and friendly with our littlest patients. We’ll do everything to help make sure your son or daughter actually looks forward to visiting ACE Dental!
Should I Brush My Baby’s Gums Before Teeth Erupt?
Yes, it’s a good idea to clean your baby’s mouth after each feeding. Use a warm, moist washcloth to wipe down the gums and any teeth that have erupted. You can begin using a toothbrush made especially for babies around six months. Brush thoroughly twice a day, and replace the toothbrush every three months, or when you notice evidence of wear.
Is Fluoride Toothpaste OK for My Baby?
Yes. Once you are using a toothbrush to clean your baby’s teeth, use a smear of fluoride toothpaste to strengthen tooth enamel and provide cavity prevention.
Let Us See Your Little One’s Smile!
Beginning dental care at a young age sets your child on the path to a lifetime of healthy smiles, so don’t put off scheduling that first appointment. We can’t wait to meet your little one! Please request an appointment at ACE Dental today.