Dental Care for Babies

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your child should visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Our office uses the method “Tell, Show, Do.” This means that we always tell your child what we are going to do in language that they can understand. Next, we show them by demonstrating to them what we are going to do. Finally we do what we’ve shown them. We may have your child sit in your lap and lay back into the dental assistant’s lap for the visit. This is called “lap to lap” and is used to make the younger patients more comfortable. The less “to-do” concerning the visit, the better.

Begin daily brushing as soon as the child’s first tooth erupts. A pea size amount of fluoride toothpaste can be used after the child is old enough not to swallow it.

Good oral hygiene removes bacteria and the left over food particles that combine to create cavities.  Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle/cup filled with anything other than water. See “Baby Bottle Tooth Decay” for more information.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends six month visits to the pediatric dentist beginning at your child’s first birthday. Routine visits will start your child on a lifetime of good dental health.

When Will My Baby Start Getting Teeth?

Teething, the process of baby (primary) teeth coming through the gums into the mouth, is variable among individual babies. Some babies get their teeth early and some get them late. In general the first baby teeth are usually the lower front (anterior) teeth and usually begin erupting between 6-8 months. See “Eruption of Your Child’s Teeth” for more details.