It is never too early to develop healthy oral habits. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association, your baby should see a dentist before their first birthday or six months after their first tooth erupts.
At birth, your baby’s teeth are already in the mouth when they are born, hidden in the gums. There are ten on top and ten on the bottom. These primary teeth start emerging between six and twelve months, and by the time your child is three all twenty have erupted in the mouth.
This early dental visit will help you see how your child is developing. It will also help you know how to care for your child’s developing teeth and help this first dental experience make them feel comfortable at the dental office and environment, setting the ground for future positive experiences.
The visit to the dentist will introduce your little one to what it is like to go to the dentist, assess their oral health, and build your child’s trust interacting with the dental team. The length of the visit can be anywhere from 15-30 minutes. Your dental team will go over the following:
–How to use fluoride properly.
–How to handle your child’s oral habits such as thumb sucking.
–How you can help your baby during teething times.
–How your child is progressing in terms of development.
–How to avoid accidents that could harm your child’s teeth.
–How diet can be used to prevent both tooth decay and gum disease.
Your dentist will carefully check your child’s teeth, jaw, gums, and bite to make sure their development is on track and to make sure there are no problems. A gentle cleaning may be done if necessary, and x-rays may be taken. The dentist will explain how to clean your child’s teeth at home and check to see if fluoride is needed.
This is also a good time for you to ask any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. You will want to schedule this visit in the morning to maximize your child’s alertness and overall mood. This will help them feel more calm and cooperative, making this time a happy experience for them.
You can prepare your child for a lifetime of healthy smiles by developing healthy oral habits. Call the caring team at Stone Lodge Dental today at 214-613-1500 if you have any questions or concerns, or to schedule an appointment!