Did you know infants and toddlers need to go to the dentist too? We help you understand why its important to maintain dental care with babies.
A common misconception is that babies do not need to go to the dentist because they don’t have many teeth. Surprisingly, tooth decay can begin as soon as the first tooth pokes through. As a result, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. But, it can be prevented! Keys to steering clear of tooth decay include a healthy diet, twice daily brushing, and regular dental visits. It all starts with the first tooth, so its important to take infants to the dentist as soon as their teeth start coming in, or before their first birthday.
What happens during a dental visit for infants or toddlers?
First, the dentist will check for cavities. Then the dentist will examine the mouth and make sure the teeth and jaw are developing correctly. The first dentist visit will also help tots get comfortable with the idea of seeing a dentist twice a year.
What are some topics covered at the first dentist visit?
- – Ask the dentist questions or share concerns about a variety of topics including teething, thumbsucking, and whether or not your child is at risk of decay.
- – Discuss your child’s diet and eating habits, and learn what kinds of foods cause decay.
- – Learn how to properly brush your child’s teeth.
- – Find out if your child needs fluoride. If your city does not put fluoride in the water, your dentist may prescribe fluoride drops or tablets.