Baby Teeth Are Important!
Baby teeth are needed for:
- Chewing and biting
- Speech and pronunciation
- Hold space for permanent teeth
For this reason, it is important to maintain a healthy mouth and diet.
Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
The first dental visit should be as soon as their first tooth erupts. A baby’s first dental visit is usually short. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. If your child is old enough, X-rays may be taken to check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums, and to reveal any cavities in their mouth. We will clean your child’s teeth, examine their mouth, and possibly apply topical fluoride (to help protect the teeth against decay). Most importantly, we will review with you how to clean/care for your child’s teeth, and review their potential risks for cavities.
Here are some “First Visit” Tips:
- Take your child for a “preview” of the office
- Read books with them about going to the dentist
- Speak positively about your own dental experiences
- Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit
During their first visit the dentist will:
- Review nutrition and eating routines
- Examine their mouth, teeth, and gums
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking
- Check their regular fluoride intake and see if they need fluoride varnish
- Teach you and your child about cleaning their teeth and gums
- Plan a schedule for regular dental visits