When Should You Take Your Child to the Dentist for the First Time?

When Should You Take Your Child to the Dentist for the First Time?

When dealing with baby teeth, some of us might still have some doubts about how to proceed when it comes to our baby’s oral health. We want to make sure we do anything that we can to guarantee they will grow having the best set of teeth, and healthy, beautiful, strong smiles. 

Questions like how to care for our baby’s teeth, when to see a pediatric dentist, is pain normal or how much pain is normal can trouble many parents. 

In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about your little one's first visit to a Red Bank children’s dentist

Your Baby’s First Dentist Visit

The first appointment you should schedule for your baby is the moment you realize they have a tooth erupting.

This moment differs for each child as teeth can start growing sooner for some babies, while others start developing teeth later. And both situations are ok and very normal.

Yet, the moment you see a tooth coming out of your child’s gum that is the moment you should set an appointment with the dentist. 

Of course, noticing anything unusual in your child's mouth is also an indication an appointment with a dentist is needed. If, for example, you notice lesions, bleeding, or white spots, check with the dentist to make sure your child continues to develop in a healthy way.

Why Should You Take Your Baby to the Dentists?

A common misconception about baby teeth and dentists is that since those teeth will eventually fall, there is less of a need to monitor their growth closely. 

But the health of your baby’s primary teeth will set the tone for how their permanent teeth will grow. 

Baby teeth can suffer from decay and cavities or even gum disease if they are not properly cleaned, and the child does not visit the dentist regularly. 

The pediatric dentist will be able to diagnose and treat any issue your child might experience with the growth of their primary teeth, and make sure they grow healthy, keeping their oral health at optimal levels. 

Pediatric Dentist or Regular Dentist?

Any dentist will be able to assist your child, but pediatric dentists are specialized in growing teeth and are experienced and trained in working with children and their special needs. 

We all can fear the dentist, but if your child has a positive experience, it will set the tone of your child’s relationship with a dentist. 

Ask your pediatric dentist how many times you should visit them, depending on your child’s oral health. 

The sooner your baby’s teeth are cared for, the more likely it is to prevent future inconveniences.

Over to You

At Santo Dental Group, we focus on providing the best dental care possible compassionately. We treat all of our patients with the utmost respect and strive to build relationships and trust with them.

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