When Do I Bring in My Child For Their First Dental Visit?
We hear this all the time from the new parents in our social circles, “She just got her first tooth, so it’ll be awhile before we need to bring her in to see you.” But, did you know that the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry actually recommend that your baby see a pediatric dentist within six months of his or her first tooth coming in? If your little tyke is close to his first birthday, don’t bother waiting the six months and bring him in for a birthday check-up. By having your child’s first visit at the family dentist sooner rather than later, you can help set him up for good dental health.
Avoid Tooth Decay
If you have even one tooth, you can get tooth decay. We don’t like to see decay ever, but it’s especially tough on little kids because they’re forming their dental habits. We want to avoid tooth decay in baby teeth (also called primary teeth), because it can sometimes lead to a higher risk of tooth decay in adult teeth.
By bringing your baby in early (within six months of his first tooth erupting, but before his first birthday) we can help set up a future with good dental health. For example, we can help you learn how to brush their teeth properly as well as discuss overall best health practices. Did you know that you shouldn’t let your baby fall asleep with a bottle in their mouth? The milk can pool around their teeth and start causing problems even at such a young age. Limiting sugary drinks and snacks can also help set up your baby’s great dental health.
A Few Tips To Make Your Visit Even Better
- Try to schedule a morning appointment, or when you know your child will be well-rested and cooperative.
- Never use a trip to the dentist as a punishment for behavior.
- Avoid bribing your child to go to the dentist.
Keep your child’s dental health top-notch by encouraging a positive association with the dentist and set them up for a healthy dental future!
Haven’t set up your baby’s first dental appointment? Give us a call today at 208-322-1112.