The first visit to the pediatric dentist should be by the first birthday (usually between six and twelve months of age). Early exam and preventive care is important in protecting your child’s smile.
The most important reason for an early visit is prevention of dental caries such as early childhood caries (EEC).
This severe form of tooth decay in primary, or baby teeth, is caused when juice, formula, milk, breast milk or any liquid that contains certain carbohydrates sits on teeth for a prolonged period.
The sooner the child visits the dentist, the better the chance of preventing dental problems. Your child will also start early on a lifetime of good dental habits.
During tooth eruption, your child may have sore gums. This usually occurs between 6 months and 3 years of age.
Many children like a teething ring, teething necklace, cool spoon, or cold wet washcloth.
Prevention of Tooth Decay for your Baby
Your child should be drinking from a cup by his/her first birthday ( or 12-14 months of age). Children should not fall asleep with a bottle. Nightime nursing should be avoided as soon as your child’s first primary (baby) tooth erupts.
Drinking juice from a bottle should be avoided. Juice, if given, should be given in a cup.
Cleaning your Baby’s Teeth
Your baby’s teeth can be cleaned with an infant toothbrush and water. Training toothpaste can be used until 2-3 years of age.
Fluoridated toothpaste is not advised until your child is able to spit well and does not pose a risk of swallowing the toothpaste.
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