We all should know just how important it is to see the dentist with you are an adult. Our dental professionals are one of your most crucial defenses against plaque, oral infections, teeth misalignment and can even spot the warning signs for a few serious diseases. However, most adults do not realize that babies and small children need to see their dentist too.
In fact, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that your baby see the dentist once the first tooth starts poking through the gum and definitely no later than the age of 1.
Why Are Baby Teeth Important?
Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, are only temporary. However, they still play a vital role in your child’s mouth and life. Teeth help them speak clearly and begin chewing food. That aside, they help pave the way for when their permanent teeth as ready to come in. That is why they need to be taken care of just as regularly as your own adult teeth.
How Do I Begin Cleaning My Baby’s Teeth?
All you need to do to help your baby’s tooth or teeth remain strong and healthy is to clean them regularly with just a dab of fluoride toothpaste on a soft toothbrush or cloth. As they get older and more teeth begin to pop up, your child will be able to learn how to clean their teeth by themselves.
What Can I Expect From My Baby’s First Dental Appointment?
There is absolutely nothing to fear for during your baby or toddler’s first dental appointment with us. The majority of your first visit will consist of your child meeting the dentist and sitting in a chair for a quick check up of their teeth.
However, while you are here, this is the perfect time for you to talk with our professional staff to learn more about what you can do for and express any concerns you may have for your child’s oral health. Whether you are still not sure how to properly brush their teeth, need tips on teaching good oral hygiene habits or just have a few dental questions on your mind, our dentists are always eager to help. Plus, it is never a bad idea to get to know your baby’s dentist.
Have You Made That Appointment Yet?
If your baby has already seen the dentist, we are thrilled to hear it! However, if you have not then don’t hesitate any longer and bring them to Community Dental Group. We always use extra gentle care and caution with your children to ensure that every trip to the dentist is as comfortable as possible.