It is highly recommended that a child should see his or her dentist as early as 6 months or on his or her first birthday. That is because around this age the first tooth pops up in your baby’s mouth. Many parents don’t realize that babies and toddlers can get cavities, but they can and do. As soon as your child gets a tooth, that tooth can begin to decay. Sure, baby teeth don’t hang around forever (they generally start to fall out by age 6 or 7), but it’s still important to keep those tiny teeth and gums in tip-top shape while they’re saving the spots for grown-up teeth.
WHY SO EARLY?
If you feel that it is too soon to take your baby to the dental office, then consider the fact that children between the ages 2 to 5 years develop cavities, and children who visit the dentist by their first birthday may be less likely to have tooth decay than children who wait until they’re older. Bringing your child to the dentist regularly, beginning no later than your child’s first birthday can help ensure that any cavities are treated early so that your baby can be as healthy and comfortable as possible.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
The first visit is usually very short and does not involve any treatment. At this time, the dentist can give you information on Nursing bottle tooth decay (Early Childhood Decay), White spot tooth lesions, Infant feeding practices, Mouth cleaning, Teething Pacifier habits, Finger-sucking habits, etc. The dentist will examine your child to make sure their jaw and teeth are developing in the way they should
PROGRESSION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD DECAY
WHY THIS VISIT?
Apart from the reasons mentioned above, it is important to take a child to the dentist in order to develop a positive dental attitude at a young age. This visit helps the children in developing a rapport with the dentist than viewing them as fear-to-go person. For many patients, however, the first visit will end up being primarily an important educational opportunity for the parents. For example, your child’s dentist will teach you how to properly care for your baby’s teeth and gums.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE VISIT?
Just make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep before the dental visit day. Try and take the first-morning appointment so your child is fresh and less cranky. It is important to be not scared as a parent and be very positive about the experience in front of your kid.
If your child cries a little or wiggles during the exam, don’t worry! It’s normal, and your dental team understands this is a new experience for your child!
P.S.:Your baby is hitting new milestones every day, and his or her first dental visit is another one to include in the baby book!