When is the right time to take a child for their first dental visit?
The answer to that question is Age 1. A child should see his/her dentist at age 1, to meet the dentist and have their first exam. Children may even cry through this initial visit, which works out fine because it gives the dentist the perfect opportunity to see what’s going on in their mouth. An experience most parents cringe over, but we welcome the wide-open mouth.
Once teeth are present, parents should use a soft damp cloth to clean infant teeth and move on to a toddler toothbrush, brushing twice a day.
It is very important not to put your child to bed with a bottle of juice or milk. The sugar in these liquids can only lead to tooth decay.
The second visit should be at Age 2 in which a cleaning by our dental staff may be attempted, and then every six months after that.
Thumb and finger sucking may begin to occur at this time and it is important for parents to discourage this habit. Thumb sucking can change the shape of a child’s palate (the roof of the mouth) and increase the need for orthodontic treatment in the future.
Why is important to keep baby teeth healthy?
While it's true that baby teeth are only in the mouth a short period of time, they play a vital role. They reserve space for their permanent counterparts. They give the face its normal appearance. They help attain good nutrition (missing or decayed teeth make it difficult to chew causing children to reject foods). They help give a healthy start to the permanent teeth (decay and infection in baby teeth can cause damage to the permanent teeth developing beneath them).
Teaching your child the importance of healthy hygiene habits will help them understand the importance of a healthy smile in the years ahead.
We look forward to seeing you and your children and remember we are always here to answer any questions or concerns regarding your dental health.
Diane Garrison DDS
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