Early Dental Care
When it comes to the health of your child's primary teeth, there is no better time than now to start practicing excellent oral hygiene. Along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend your child’s first visit occurs before their first birthday. This is when their first teeth will begin to erupt. It is of the utmost importance that we make your child’s first visit a comfortable one. This will put your child at ease for future dental visits, priming them for a lifetime of excellent Oral Health! We encourage children to express any fears or anxiety they feel.
Before any teeth erupt, wipe down the gums with gauze or a soft, wet washcloth. Once teeth begin to come in, keep them clean. Using the right set of tools is essential for this daily ritual. For example, it is important to purchase a toothbrush designed specifically for babies, which will have a much smaller head, for their tiny mouths.
During their Year 1 visit, Dr. Beltran will keep your child's teeth healthy by removing plaque build-up and food debris that may be stuck in his teeth. This is an important part of dental care because it prevents bacteria from continuing to grow, which may eventually lead to other dental diseases (eg. tooth decay or inflammation of the gum tissue).
Professional Care Tips
- Stay away from foods rich in sugars and starch
- Refrain from sending your child to bed with juice or milk in their bottle.
Your baby's primary teeth are important. Developmental stages that are imperative to your child's future dental health depends on them. Dentistry for children provides parents with a guide for oral care so that they will have excellent dental hygiene as they mature.