This is where it all starts. Our perception of the dentist is shaped by our experiences as young kids. At Serene Dental Aesthetics we are passionate about teaching children about their mouths and make sure their experience at the dentist is a great one. Our Goal is to establish a positive dental experience and provide an education that will provide the building blocks to a lifetime of healthy habits and remove dental anxiety.
The First Dental Appointment
A child’s first dental visit should be between the ages of 6 months to 1 year. It is important to start immediately to allow your child to become comfortable with the dentist and to catch any possible cavities or problems in the beginning stages.
When should I start brushing my child’s teeth?
As soon as the first tooth erupts! Use a soft infant toothbrush as soon as you see a tooth emerging from the gums. Use a small smear of toothpaste on your soft bristle brush and then wipe the teeth off. We advise nothing to eat or drink except water after brushing before bed.
“They are just baby teeth… Aren’t they going to fall out?”
Yes they will, but your child’s first tooth will not fall out until approx. 6 yrs. of age and they will continue to loose baby teeth until approx. 12 yrs. of age. In the meantime there are several reasons it is important to keep those baby teeth and keep them healthy!!
1. It looks nice: It always looks better to have teeth present. If a baby tooth is lost prematurely it can sometimes take even longer for the permanent teeth to come in leaving a space for longer period of time.
2. Maintaining space for the permanent teeth. This is an important role for baby teeth. If baby teeth are lost to early and a space remains then the baby teeth can shift and move and that will directly affect how the permanent teeth come in. If the baby teeth move and close a space or block it, then the permanent tooth will either be unable to erupt or it will erupt out of place and create a necessity for braces.
3. Decay grows faster in baby teeth because they are softer than permanent teeth and thus a small cavity that is not taken care of quickly can turn into a larger cavity that can cause pain or infection. This directly affects the overall health of one’s mouth and body.