Early dental care is essential in establishing and maintaining optimal oral health in children. In our office, we suggest dental visits when the first tooth erupts. However, if dental problems are suspected, an appointment should be scheduled when problems first appear. Early visits help familiarize the child with our dental office, build trust, and make future visits comfortable, easy, and enjoyable.
While it is true that baby teeth are only in the mouth for a short period of time, they play a vital role:
- they reserve space for the permanent teeth.
- they give the face a normal appearance.
- they aid in the development of clear speech.
- they enable the child to chew food properly.
- they help give a healthy start to permanent teeth.
- clean your baby’s gums with a fresh, wet gauze pad or washcloth after every feeding.
- when teeth start to appear, brush you child’s teeth with a child’s size toothbrush and plain water.
- begin flossing when at least two teeth begin to touch.
- supervise brushing.
- choose nutritious foods.
Teaching your child good oral hygiene habits early can lead to a lifetime of dental health.