Your baby is born with 20 primary teeth already hidden under the gum. These pearly whites begin emerging between six and twelve months, and by the time your child is three all twenty will be on display!
It is never too soon to establish a healthy foundation for your child’s oral health care. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your baby visit the dentist before their first birthday, or six months after their first tooth comes in. The dentist will determine if there are any developmental problems, but most of all, will help your child’s first experience at the dental office be a pleasant one, setting the groundwork for future visits. Usually this initial visit will last anywhere from 15-30 minutes. During this visit you can to ask any questions you may have about your child’s oral health.
Along with a careful inspection of baby’s teeth, jaw, gums, and bite, you can expect to learn the following:
–How your child is progressing developmentally.
–How to avoid accidents that could harm your child’s teeth.
–How to use healthy dietary habits to avoid tooth decay and gum disease.
–How to care for your child’s developing teeth, including how to use fluoride properly.
–How to handle your child’s oral habits such as thumb sucking,
–How to help your child during teething.
Try to schedule the appointment early in the day to minimize your child’s tiredness and overall disposition. This will help them feel more calm and cooperative, and make it a happier experience for you and your baby! We invite you to call our Price Pediatric Dental team today at 435.637.9590 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.