Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
Quite a few mothers have asked for additional information on dental visit for their newborns or young children. The following information should help answer some of these questions.
Meet the Dentist:
The American Dental Association and the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry note that it is beneficial for the first dental visit to occur within six months of the appearance of the baby’s first tooth but no later than the child’s first birthday. Why schedule a visit so early? Dr. Faith Bult can show you how to clean your child’s teeth, discuss fluoride needs and recommend oral care products.
The Dr. Bult also checks for problems, such as baby bottle tooth decay. For toddlers, the Dr. Bult examines their teeth and gums, checking for decay and other problems. If necessary, the child’s teeth may be cleaned. Your toddler can be evaluated for habits such as prolonged thumb or finger sucking.
Children’s oral heath needs differ. Our office will recommend a schedule for checkups. Preventive dental care, such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants (a barrier that protects the chewing surfaces of the back teeth) can save time, money and teeth.
Plaque is a sticky, colorless film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. When sugar and starch from food and beverages combine with plaque, an acid is produced that attacks tooth enamel. Repeated acid attacks can break down enamel and may eventually cause decay.
Tooth decay can occur as soon as the teeth appear in the baby’s mouth. Some parents may wonder why there is concern about baby teeth becoming decayed when they will be replaced by permanent teeth. But there is cause for concern: decay in primary teeth may damage the hidden permanent teeth that are forming inside the gums.
Tips for a Positive Dental Visit
Schedule the first visit between the ages of six months and one year.
Don’t tell your child scary stories about the visit.
Schedule a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and cooperative.
Don’t relay any anxiety that you might feel about dental visits.
Don’t bribe your child to go to the dentist.
Never use the visit as a punishment or threat!
Try to make you child’s dental visit an enjoyable outing
Primary Teeth Eruption Chart
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Dr. Faith Bult