Say “Cheese” with a Healthy Smile
There’s more going on inside your child’s mouth than just teeth. Did you know that seeing a dentist is important as soon as those first baby teeth come in?
We recommend that infants come in for their first dental examination within 6 months after their first tooth erupts or before their first birthday.
Our friendly team always tries to make these visits fun and exciting for your child so they are as comfortable as possible while we take care of their oral health. If you have any questions about your child’s dental exam or about how their teeth are developing, don’t hesitate to ask. We’re excited to help you get your child on the path to a happy, healthy smile!
Do Baby Teeth Matter?
Yes! Your child’s primary teeth (baby teeth) play a large role in their development. You might see their first tooth come in between 6–12 months of age, and they should have a mouthful of teeth before age 3.
Your child needs healthy teeth to chew. The type of foods you introduce into your child’s diet depends on what they are capable of chewing properly based on how many teeth they have.
Did you know teeth play an important role in your child’s speech development? Their tongue and lips form words by pressing against their teeth and gums.
What’s better than a big toothy grin? We love looking at pictures of our happy, smiling children in family photos, school pictures, and more.
Space for Adult Teeth
Your child has 20 primary teeth that hold the places of 28 permanent (adult) teeth, which start coming in between ages 6–13. It’s important to maintain proper oral hygiene and health to ensure your child’s baby teeth reserve the space they are supposed to.
Teaching Oral Hygiene to Your Kids
Good dental hygiene starts at home. Building healthy habits early in life will help your child learn how to take care of their teeth later in life.
Take care of your baby’s mouth at home by following these tips:
- Keep baby’s gums clean after feeding by wiping them gently with a clean, moist cloth.
- After the arrival of their first teeth, brush them with a small, soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Brush their teeth, tongue, and gums twice a day for 2 minutes.
- Teach your child to spit out excess toothpaste. If using fluoride toothpaste, don’t rinse with water after brushing.
- Once their teeth are closer together and touching, begin flossing every day.
- Check your child’s mouth regularly by lifting their lips. Look for spots on their teeth.
Children learn by example. You can make tooth brushing a part of your daily routine and brush your teeth with your little one to show them how important it is to take care of their teeth.
Maintaining oral health at home is a great habit, and so is regularly visiting your dentist. Our team enjoys taking care of your little ones and can help you build healthy habits! Is your child ready for a dental checkup, or do you have any questions about their oral health? Talk to us today.