Most family dentists will start treating patients as young as six months to one year of age. Children must visit the dentist at least once a year, but many dentists advise parents to visit every six months for exams and cleanings. Toddlers should have cleanings every six months, but you can ensure good cleaning habits at home, too.
Ensuring the health of your child’s teeth starts before their first ones emerge. The first baby teeth begin erupting between 6 and 12-months old, but you can get your baby prepared for brushing by using a damp washcloth or gauze pad to wipe their gums after every feeding.
Wiping their gums not only helps them get ready for dental exams and cleanings, but it removes milk or formula from their gums that could decay and lead to dental issues when they’re older. Even breast milk has approximately 17 grams of sugar per cup.
After their teeth come in, then you can start brushing them with a soft-bristled toothbrush with just a smear, which is about the size of a grain of rice, of fluoride toothpaste on it. Once their teeth are in, please make an appointment for your child at a dental office near you in Wynnewood, PA. Our dentists at Wynnewood Dental Arts treat young children along with the entire family.
Although a baby may only have two to four teeth for one of our dentists to examine, appointments allow your child to get used to the idea of visiting our facility. The more at ease they are, the less of a chance they will be frightened by the thought of going to the dentist.
The first dental visits also allow your dentist to make sure your child’s teeth are healthy and growing correctly. The first dental cleaning doesn’t occur until your child can sit still for a short time, which is typically around their third birthday.
By brushing the gums and teeth at an early age and visiting the dentist regularly, your child is more likely to have beautiful, healthy teeth.