A lifetime of great dental health starts early at Romans & Soltani Dentistry, where we serve the Camillus, NY community from birth to adulthood. Our parent patients know that it’s never too early to bring their child in for their first dental checkup. Children’s teeth develop quickly in the earliest stages of their life, and ensuring they receive regular care will help them start building good habits early. The relationship with good dental health should be part of a lifetime. Getting them comfortable helps ensure they’ll never develop a fear of the dentist that keeps them from getting the care they need.
When Should I Get My Baby To Their First Dental Appointment?
Children should see their dentist the first time they have a tooth beginning to erupt through their gums. Even those who are slow to start teething should absolutely get their initial dental visit done by their first birthday. This initial visit, known as a “well-baby visit,” helps parents and children alike begin learning how to take care of the infant’s teeth. This includes instructions on good habits such as never sending the baby to bed with anything but water, transitioning to a cup as soon as possible, and steps to brushing young teeth.
Why Is It Important To Care For Baby Teeth If They’re Just Going To Be Replaced?
This is a common question we receive, and it’s based on several misconceptions. Many new parents believe that since baby teeth are going to be lost anyway, there’s no reason to seek treatment for them. Baby teeth are essential in the development of the adult teeth, including making sure that they grow in correctly and properly aligned. These teeth also help the child learn how to speak properly, and helps them develop normal speech patterns as a result. Lifelong oral health starts early, and it’s essential that the proper steps are taken to get it off on the right foot.
How Can I Protect My Children’s Teeth At Home?
Even before your baby develops their first teeth, you can take steps to help ensure they have good dental health. It begins by taking a cloth that is warm, clean, and damp and using it to clean their gums every day. A tiny amount of children’s toothpaste can be used as part of this process. When they first start showing teeth, you’ll want to get a toothbrush with soft bristles to brush their teeth with. Their teeth, just like yours, should be brushed twice a day to ensure good health. As your child gets older, teach them proper brushing techniques, and ensure that they do it every morning and night to prevent decay. Brushing your teeth with your children can often help develop good habits.
If you’re pregnant, have just had a newborn, or have children that are in need of a dentist give our office a call at 1-315-487-1545 to make an appointment. Our staff will schedule you with Dr. Romans or Dr. Soltanifor your child’s first visit and will help you prepare for the visit so you can get them off to a great start. We’re a family-focused dentist’s office and look forward to serving you and your family for years to come, so don’t wait to call!