Parenthood is a perpetual juggling act with your schedule. There seems to be some unwritten rule stating that parents are not allowed enough hours in a day, or days in a week. You have so many things on your mind; you might not be think you need to worry about your little one's teeth, especially if he or she doesn't have any yet. When should you start thinking about baby's oral hygiene, and first pediatric dentist visit?
It's never too early to start planning for your child's future, and that includes oral health. Even before teeth appear, your baby's gums should be cleaned and cared for. You can wipe them gently with a damp, soft washcloth. When the first tooth appears (or your baby reaches 12 months old), it's time to visit Big Smile Dental.
What to expect
You might be wondering what a dentist is going to do with one tooth. Most likely, nothing. The primary purpose of the initial visit is a consultation and examination, not treatment. We are paving the way for great oral health for life. The doctor will examine your baby's mouth, checking for early warning signs of potential future problems. With regular dental checkups, beginning in infancy, we can monitor your child's oral development. For any dental problem, prevention is always the best option, and early treatment is next.
Probably the most important part of the first visit is the consultation. During the consultation, we will discuss:
- Brushing and flossing techniques
- Habits like thumb-sucking
- Nutrition and dental health
- Preventing oral trauma
- The use of fluoride and sealants to protect teeth from decay
- Potential orthodontic problems
- Any question you may have
Teaching your child that dental visits can be fun is one of the best things you can do for his or her long-term oral health. Big Smile Dental is more than just a dentist's office. It is your entire family's dental home. Our patients are our friends and extended family. You, and your little one, will relax in the upbeat, friendly environment of our office.
Call us at 773-772-8400 and schedule an appointment to start your baby on a path to great oral health for life.