The first dental visit at our children’s dental office in Havertown typically involves examination, cleaning, and discussion with parents on preventive care. Below are responses to some of the parent’s questions about their babies’ teeth:
When should my child first see a dentist?
Your child should see a children’s dentist as soon as the first tooth comes in, typically between 6 months and 12 months of age. This visit is important as it provides an opportunity to discuss your child’s oral health early in life to avoid future dental problems.
Does nursing my baby cause cavities?
Nursing in itself does not cause cavities. Once the teeth begin to erupt and other foods have been introduced, at-will nursing that results in a child falling asleep during feeding should be avoided. A similar situation is a baby falling asleep with a bottle of milk or juice.
How can I protect my baby’s teeth?
Choose foods that do not have extra sugar added. Sugar is the main cause of tooth decay. The bacteria in the mouth convert the sugar into acid that subsequently attacks the tooth enamel. The more frequent the sugars stay in the mouth, the more often the acid attacks.
What is the best way to clean my baby’s teeth?
Brushing your baby’s teeth can be a challenge. Babies are constantly moving, coupled with little fingers ready to grab the toothbrush. Even before the first tooth comes in, wipe the gums with a wet washcloth after feedings. As soon as the first tooth comes in, use an age-appropriate sized toothbrush. Use a “smear” of fluoride toothpaste for children under 2 years. For children ages 2-5 years, use a “pea-size” amount of toothpaste. Children under 7 years do not have the ability to brush effectively and need you to perform or assist in the brushing.