Now that those teeth have popped, what does a busy parent need to know about caring for them? Well, starting good dental hygiene early is important and visiting the dentist is the next step after that.
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that your child’s first dental visit occurs within six months after their first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday.
That might seem a little early, but the fact is that tooth decay can begin as soon as that first little tooth has come through.
Getting a head start on dental visits will ensure your little one’s chompers are taken care of. It also familiarizes them with routine dental visits so that they don’t seem so intimidating in the future.
If you’re reading this and have yet to take your 3-year-old to the dentist, don’t worry! Simply call and make an appointment now. The sooner you can get in, the better! No parent shame here.
Your child’s first dental visit is likely to involve a simple meet-and-greet, along with a quick check of their teeth. The dentist may do a simple cleaning if the child is willing.
Beyond that, your doctor will recommend routine visits that will involve cleanings, x-rays, fluoride applications, and the option of putting sealants on your child’s teeth.
When it comes to the health of your youngster, no question is ever too silly! Ask your dental team about any questions or concerns you may have. Starting early will give your child a great foundation for a lifetime of healthy teeth!