Maintaining your child’s dental health now will provide health benefits well into adulthood, as primary (baby) teeth serve some extremely important functions. In addition, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends your child have their first dental visit by their first birthday. Studies have shown that you can actually reduce the risk of your child getting cavities having them seen by a dentist by Age 1.
Your child’s first teeth begin to appear usually between six and nine months though there are some cases this happens as early as three months or as late as twelve months. The first of the 20 teeth to appear are the two lower front teeth followed by the two upper teeth. Typically, the first molars are next followed by the canines (eyeteeth). You can help teething discomfort by wiping your child’s gums and newly erupting teeth with a water-soaked gauze pad or damp washcloth.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends daily brushing using a smear of fluoride toothpaste as soon as the first tooth erupts into the mouth. Dr. Katie and Dr. Laura will help guide you through brushing technique and recommendations for your child at their first visit.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child see the dentist by their first birthday to ensure things are progressing well. Early childhood caries (tooth decay) can develop quickly, progressing from the hard, outer enamel layer of the tooth into the softer, inner dentin in six months or less.