Your child’s teeth actually begin to form while still in the womb. Taking prescribed prenatal vitamins as well as eating a healthy diet while pregnant are things you can do before bringing your child into the world to promote healthy teeth. A visit to a pediatric dentist around twelve months of age will be the first of many dental visits needed to help protect the teeth that will serve your child for their lifetime.
Baby teeth will usually start to erupt around four to six months. You can clean those baby teeth by gently wiping them with a soft cloth. When your toddler reaches their first birthday, their first dental visit should be scheduled.
This first appointment will usually involve an exam to make sure your child’s dental health is on track. If there are dental issues in evidence, your pediatric dentist will be able to address what you can do now and moving forward to assist in your child’s dental health. This is a perfect educational opportunity to learn what you need to know to care for their teeth.
Brushing your child’s teeth with an age appropriate toothpaste and brush will require your time and attention for many years. Supervision and diligence will be required on a daily basis. Children learn from example so allow them to see how you care for your own teeth.
Save sugary snacks and beverages for special occasions. Encourage your child to eat fresh fruit and vegetables, nuts (watch for allergies), and seeds; healthy proteins; and dairy products like milk, cheese, yogurt, and low sugar treats like pudding or homemade ice cream.
Follow-up that first dental visit with regular six months appointments. Don’t make the mistake of believing that since baby teeth will eventually be replaced with permanent teeth that baby teeth do not require regular and constant care.
When permanent teeth begin to erupt, your pediatric dentist may recommend in-office fluoride treatments to keep enamel as strong as possible. Another preventative measure includes placing dental sealants on the chewing surfaces of molar teeth.
Dental decay and gum disease are preventable. These are the leading causes that can contribute to needing extensive dental repair, tooth extractions, and tooth loss. And since that second set of teeth are designed to last a lifetime, your active care starting with early intervention will be rewarded.
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