The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after their first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin growing in at around 6 months of age, and it is very important to take care of these teeth.
Baby Teeth are Important
Baby teeth need to stay in place until they fall out naturally in order to maintain proper oral health. They help children chew properly so they can maintain good nutrition. Baby teeth are involved in speech development, and they help save space for permanent teeth. Most importantly, healthy baby teeth give your child a healthy smile that they can feel good about.
Going to the dentist early on will help your child have a positive attitude toward dental care, and it will reduce anxiety. To get started, have them come along with you or a sibling for a checkup, so they can see exactly what goes on. Next, get them in for a checkup of their own when they are well rested and you are not in a rush. They can get used to all the different machines and the noises they make, and learn how to “open wide”.
Start a Routine Early
Baby teeth are more porous and susceptible to decay than adult teeth, so early intervention and care is critical to help ensure those tiny teeth stay healthy. Start them on a brushing routine as soon as their teeth start coming in. Use a soft bristled toothbrush and plain water. Help your child learn all about teeth by reading them books or showing them kid friendly videos about oral health care. Very young children love to learn anything so the more variety the better.
Children respond best to a set routine, and you can help by joining in. Brush your teeth at the same time and make it fun. Have them mirror your expressions or get a funny timer, or put on a song and dance. Remember that your attitude about oral health care will be passed down to your children, so the more relaxed you are, the more relaxed they will be.
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