Parents worry about many things during the early stages of their baby’s life. Does he weigh enough? Is he eating enough? Is the car seat safe? One thing new parents probably aren’t spending a lot of time on is deciding when to schedule a first dental appointment. I have to admit, I can’t really remember when we started taking our kids to the dentist. Thankfully, over at Family Focus Blog, there is a post that tells us what we should do.
The First Dentist Appointment
When should babies have their first dentist appointment?
So for many parents, the most pressing question is, “When should babies have their first dentist appointment?” According to Dr. Larry Williams of The Academy of General Dentistry and Midwestern University, “The first visit should be when the first tooth erupts or at the first birthday. Based on nature’s timetable, teeth can erupt at 3 months or later. If no teeth are erupted by the one-year mark, the dental visit will begin the relationship between the parent, the infant, and the dental team.”
I was a bit surprised by this. I don’t remember bringing my kids in that early.
What to expect at your kids first dentist visit:
A kids first dentist visit can help get important questions answered – when a child’s first tooth should come in, food and drink that may not be good for their teeth, how often to brush their teeth and what kind of toothpaste to use. They will also share important tips with you like don’t put your child to sleep with milk, formula, fruit juice, or other sweet liquid if you wish to avoid tooth decay.
As much as anything else, this visit is an opportunity for parents to be reminded about what they can do to help their child maintain good oral health and hygiene.
Why is the a kids first dental visit so important?
Don’t underestimate the value of a demonstration on how to properly care for your child’s mouth and teeth at home, nutritional counseling, and a teeth cleaning. Those can have a huge effect on preventing cavities which is not only important for saving you money but also to your child’s overall health. In fact, “The mouth is the gateway to the entire body, and poor oral hygiene can result in or worsen cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, and other illnesses”, says Dr. Maria A. Smith, DMD, MAGD. Findings from a recent survey from the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) shows a majority of parents aren’t often aware of the connection between oral/overall health. However, dental visits are more than teeth cleanings. They are also a first line of defense against a range of maladies, since the first signs of many illnesses are often revealed in the mouth.
Maybe this is one of the best reasons to go. Dentists can help to spot any signs of the wide array of illnesses that your little ones can pick up. Setting a good foundation at a young age is a good way to go.
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