According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, an infant child’s first dental check-up should take place between the ages of 6 months to one year. During your child’s first visit to the dentist, the dentist will evaluate the dental health history of your child. Your dental history can also be helpful while determining your child’s dental condition. We recommend that parents prepare their child before coming into the office by educating them on what we do so that they know what to expect.
Importance and Care of Primary Teeth (Baby Teeth)
Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, are shed, but they are still very important for a number of reasons. Children need strong, healthy baby teeth in order to chew food properly, to pronounce words correctly, and to maintain space in the jaw for the permanent teeth. That is why it is important to take good care of the primary teeth by keeping them clean and healthy.
Even before the first tooth erupts, your child’s gums should be wiped gently with a wet cloth or gauze after every feeding. At the appearance of the first tooth, begin brushing your child’s teeth with water. Children older than 2 years should be supervised during brushing to ensure that only a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste is used and that the toothpaste is spat out rather than swallowed, and then rinse with water afterward.
Primary teeth can start to decay if they are not taken care of. This happens in kids because of sugary drinks and food. We recommend avoiding juices or sodas at a young age. Brush after eating crackers. Brush morning and night. Assist your child in their brushing even if they insist on brushing themselves
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