Many parents are unsure when to bring their child to the dentist for the first time. Most baby teeth start to appear in your baby’s first year, and we recommend scheduling his or her first visit by age two.
Baby teeth matter
Many people incorrectly assume that baby teeth don’t matter because they fall out eventually to make way for adult teeth, but it is important to care for baby teeth. These teeth help children chew and maintain adequate nutrition. In addition, they play an important role in speech development. Also, the oral care habits you help your child develop now will last for a lifetime, so ignoring dental hygiene for baby teeth is a mistake.
A child’s first dental visit
Your child’s first visit to the dentist will help him or her get familiar with the dentist’s office, the chair, the equipment and the dentist. We try to make it a casual and fun experience for children to help prevent future anxiety about their dental visits. The dentist will examine your child’s teeth and mouth to look for any initial concerns, and he or she will provide you with details about proper at-home dental hygiene.
Most young children still need help from parents to brush their teeth effectively. Let your child brush first, if he’s interested, but help him finish the job. In addition, it is best to eliminate any nighttime bottles, because falling asleep with milk or juice can lead to tooth decay.
Contact our Centennial, Colorado dental office with any questions about your child’s dental health. We would be happy to help your child begin a lifetime of good dental care habits.