One of the cutest things in life is seeing a little baby’s big smile with a couple tiny teeth peeking out. I’m sure one of the last things you think about at that age is when will they be ready to visit the dentist. The most effective way of making sure they have healthy adult teeth is making sure their baby teeth are a strong foundation. Taking your babies into the dentist early to make sure their teeth are developing correctly, their bite is aligned and their gums are healthy is so important to their dental health.
Making sure your child is ready for the dentist starts even before their first tooth comes in. When they are infants, you will want to make sure their gums are clean and they have no sores. There are little gum brushes for infants that you can use to clean their mouth out daily or a warm washcloth will do the trick. Having you clean their gums will help them feel comfortable with a dentist checking out their mouth.
When their first teeth begin to erupt start using a soft bristle brush to gently clean their teeth. Instilling good habits at an early age will help your child throughout their life continue healthy habits.
So when is your child ready for their first dentist appointment? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your infant be seen by their first birthday. I know it seems early but as soon as teeth erupt in your babies gums they are susceptible to decay especially if they are drinking juice off and on all day.
Having your infant visiting their dentist at an early age will help avoid dental issues and see any concerns that may arise early. They can also help you discover things to eat and things to avoid to improve oral health. Healthy baby teeth help decrease the risk for unhealthy adult teeth.
Our team is ready to help you set up your child for a healthy beautiful smile for life. Give us a call today and we will help you schedule your little ones first appointment!