As adults, we are told all of the time we need our teeth cleaned twice a year, but what about your kids’ dental needs? No one has ever discussed that with you and it can be hard to decide what the right time is. Lucky for you we are here to help you through the first milestone of your baby’s first dental visit.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states that your child’s first dental visit should occur within 6 months after their first tooth has come in or no later than their first birthday. Learn More HERE.
- Dental Exam for Children | Mayo Clinic
- When Do I Take My Child to the Dentist for the First Time? | Colgate
But it seems too early, could anything be wrong with their teeth yet?
While it may seem early, this initial visit is like a wellness visit with your child’s pediatrician. At your baby’s first dental visit, your dentist can help you understand the best ways to clean your child’s teeth, discuss nutrition and fluoride needs. As a bonus, we will also check for any cavities. While this is a relatively quick and easy visit, it gets your child used to coming to the dentist which can prevent future anxiety. It can also allow us to catch any problems early on.
If they are just baby teeth, why should we worry about them?
Most children will have 20 baby teeth, and while they will eventually be lost, typically kids will lose their last baby tooth around age 11-12. Premature loss of a tooth can cause problems with the permanent teeth coming in. Decay in primary teeth means that your child is at a higher risk of having decay in the adult teeth. Decay can lead to pain and infection which is bad for your child’s overall health. Seeing a dentist regularly and taking preventative measures, including sealants, can help keep your kiddo happy and healthy!
Tips for Your Baby’s First Dental Visit
- Make the appointment in the morning when the child is well rested.
- Stay positive and excited. Your child looks to you for how to react to new situations, if you are excited, they will be excited.
- Don’t bribe your child or use the dentist as a threat or punishment. We want your kiddos to be excited to come see us.
How to Prevent Cavities
- Avoid sugary drinks and fruit juices
- Don’t put your child to bed with a bottle
- Brush their teeth twice daily, floss if their teeth touch.
- Avoid snacking all day long
- Snack on healthy veggies
Learn more about the Preventative Dentistry Treatments offered at Luff Dental and keep your smile healthy.
Luff Dental Offers Dental Appointments for ALL Ages!
Have more questions? We love seeing kiddos and would love to have you and your family come in for a visit to answer any questions. Give us a call at 816-875-3391 or send us a message.
Work with Dr. Luff and her team to find the most effective solution for your smile! We are always accepting new patients in the Lee’s Summit, MO and surrounding area who are ready to improve their confidence and smile! Please call Luff Dental at (816) 875-3391 to schedule your appointment or click HERE and we’ll connect with you!