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When should my baby visit a Pediatric Dentist ?
The short answer is “First visit by first birthday.” The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children who are at risk of early childhood cavities visit a pediatric dentist by age 1.
Tooth decay can occur as soon as your child’s first tooth is cut. Bacteria that are present in everyone’s mouth changes the sugar in foods and drinks into acid. Every time your child eats or drinks, the sugar in the food or drink is changed into acid that can attack the teeth. Continued acid attacks lead to tooth decay and infections. Infections around the tooth can become serious very quickly.
Importance of primary teeth not recognized
Among children who have never visited the dentist or who have not seen a dentist in the last 12 months, the most frequently mentioned reasons are either “my child is too young” or “my child doesn’t have enough teeth yet.”
Many parents and grandparents don’t understand how important children’s baby teeth are to lifelong oral health,” said Kevin Sheu, DDS, director of professional services for Delta Dental. It is very important to keep primary (or “baby”) teeth in place until they are lost naturally. The primary teeth are important for many reasons including:
► Helping children chew properly to maintain good nutrition.
► Involvement in speech development.
► Helping save space for permanent teeth.
► Promoting a healthy smile that helps children feel good about the way they look.
Calming first dental visit jitters
We want your child to enjoy getting to know our staff and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Let the child know that the doctors and staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he/she has. Children should be encouraged to discuss any fears or anxiety they feel.
We believe in a team approach to oral health, and you as parents are a vital part of the team. We encourage you to be an active participate in each visit, often by joining us in the treatment area so that we can listen to any questions and concerns about your child’s oral health. We will record the child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!