When you have a child and their first teeth come in, it’s important to realize that these teeth are just as vulnerable to tooth decay as their eventual permanent teeth. If a primary tooth experiences excessive tooth decay it may need to be extracted, which can cause alignment issues when their permanent teeth come in. Learning how to care for their teeth and gums is a good first step in building a healthy foundation for their developing oral health.
Your child’s first teeth erupt between four to six months. The American Dental Association recommends that your little one be seen for their first dental checkup after their first tooth emerges and by the time they have their first birthday.
Preparing for your child’s first visit is key to making it a positive experience. Your dentist will check the child’s mouth to make sure everything is developing normally. Any abnormalities will be discussed, and this is a good time to answer any questions you may have regarding your child’s development. Your dentist will go over the best ways to care for your child’s baby teeth and health gums.
To help your child feel comfortable and safe, schedule the first appointment after their morning nap. Your child will be happier when well rested, as opposed to feeling anxious and fussy if they are tired. Your mood will also influence your little one, so relax and focus on making this a light and upbeat visit. Your child will sense your mood and will benefit if you feel relaxed and happy as well.
If your child seems ready for their first dental visit, please call our friendly staff at 317-846-6188 and let us help you prepare your child for the best oral health possible. We are eager to help you and your child have a positive experience as they begin the journey to good oral health.