How should I prepare for my child’s first dental visit?
The purpose of the first visit is to establish a positive relationship with your child, and evaluate his or her oral health. You can prepare at home by talking with your child about the first visit, but try to keep it simple. If you like, share our website and Natey’s Mateys with your child so he or she can see some of our other happy patients.
When you arrive, we encourage you to stay with your child throughout the duration of the appointment. Dr. Evan will and his highly trained staff will take x-rays, clean your child’s teeth, administer a fluoride treatment and examine your child’s teeth and mouth for cavities, swollen gums or other issues that may be of concern. We’ll be sure to take our time and make sure your child is comfortable and not fearful of anything we are doing throughout the visit, explaining things in a way that is fun and enjoyable for your child.
When will my baby start getting teeth?
Teething, the process of baby (primary) teeth coming through the gums into the mouth, is variable among individual babies. Some babies get their teeth early and some get them late. In general, the first baby teeth to appear are usually the lower front (anterior) teeth and they usually begin erupting between the age of 6-8 months. See “What is the usual pattern of tooth eruption?” for more details.
What is baby bottle tooth decay (Early Childhood Caries) and how can I prevent it?
One serious form of decay among young children is baby bottle tooth decay. This condition is caused by frequent and long exposures of an infant’s teeth to liquids that contain sugar. Among these liquids are milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice and other sweetened drinks.
Putting a baby to bed for a nap or at night with a bottle other than water can cause serious and rapid tooth decay. Sweet liquid pools around the child’s teeth giving plaque bacteria an opportunity to produce acids that attack tooth enamel. If you must give the baby a bottle as a comforter at bedtime, it should contain only water. If your child won’t fall asleep without the bottle and its usual beverage, gradually dilute the bottle’s contents with water over a period of two to three weeks.
After each feeding, wipe the baby’s gums and teeth with a damp washcloth or gauze pad to remove plaque. The easiest way to do this is to sit down, place the child’s head in your lap or lay the child on a dressing table or the floor. Whatever position you use, be sure you can see into the child’s mouth easily.