The best time to start seeing a pediatric dentist is when your child’s teeth first begin to erupt from the gums. This is usually when your child will first learn about dental care. Of course, you can model good oral hygiene at home: while brushing your own teeth, brush your child’s, too. When regular dental checkups and oral hygiene become habits for life, it can go a long way toward ensuring your child has a mouth full of healthy, clean teeth.
At-Home Oral Hygiene for Your Child
Obviously, to properly brush an infant or toddler’s teeth, it is necessary to have the right dental equipment. Locate a toothbrush that is infant-sized and soft enough so that it is gentle on their gums. Use a toothpaste brand designed for young children. Of course, you can ask your dentist for advice on the best types and brands to use.
Be aware that if you allow your children to drink soda, eat sugary snacks, and neglect their dental care at early ages, your child’s primary teeth may come in already rotted and with cavities. Teach your children how to avoid those foods and beverages that could harm their teeth.
Pediatric Dental Services
By the time your child has turned 1 or 2 years old, it is crucial they have their first dental checkup. Ideally, you are able to take your child to the dentist when the first tooth erupts. After all, the presence of teeth means potential of cavities. At this first visit, your pediatric dentist can quickly identify any areas of concern, whether that is misaligned teeth, cavities, or gum issues.
During the visit, you and your child will be taught the best ways to take care of your child’s teeth, including steering clear of sugary foods and beverages, dental cleanings, fluoride treatment, at-home oral hygiene. This is your opportunity to get your questions answered when it comes to how to best care for your child’s teeth. For example, your pediatric dentist can address the effects of pacifier use and thumb-sucking on a child’s teeth.
A dentist is also trained to spot signs of serious health conditions like asthma, diabetes, congenital heart issues and more – signs of which may appear in the mouth at the earliest stages.
Should your dentist find any damaged or decayed teeth or signs of gum disease, now is the time to address these problems before they get a chance to become worse.
If your newborn or teething infant has not seen a dentist yet, reach out to the professionals at Dedicated Dental and schedule your child’s first dental checkup. Call (702) 566-5509 or request an appointment now.