What to Expect On Your Baby’s First Dental Visit
If you have a newborn baby, then you’re aware of all the important milestones that your baby’s crossing. Along with her quickly developing personality, her first tooth will start to come in anywhere between the six-month mark and her first birthday. This means that another important milestone is about to be reached; her first visit to the dentist.
As a general rule of thumb, your infant’s first visit should occur right around the one year mark or within six months of the emergence of the first baby tooth. When you come into the Sunwest Dental office for the first time, here’s what you and your baby can expect.
The first visit is usually brief and doesn’t involve a whole lot of treatment. The real purpose of the visit is so that your child meets the dentist and gets used to regular checkups. The dentist will also talk to you as a parent about several topics involving your child’s developing teeth, including:
- How to teach good oral hygiene habits.
- The widespread occurrence of childhood cavities and how fluoride can be used to help prevent them.
- Concerns about the common oral habits of children, such as thumbsucking and using a pacifier.
- How to ease the pain of teething.
- Proper tooth-friendly nutrition for your child.
- The importance of regular checkups throughout your child’s life.
While you’re there, this is also your chance to ask any questions you might have in regards to your baby’s oral care. The journey of life is just beginning for your baby. Instilling great brushing and flossing habits early and bringing your child to the dentist regularly is a great way to help ensure that your baby’s journey is a happy and healthy one. If it’s time for baby’s first visit to the dentist, make an appointment today.