When your baby is between 6 months to 1 year old you might start thinking about when to take her to the paediatric dentist. You may also think if it is at all necessary to take her to the dentist if she doesn’t have any problems. Generally though, it’s recommended that you take your baby to the dentist for a customary visit when her first tooth appears.
Go for an early checkup. Every baby should be taken to the dentist as soon as her first tooth appears. And this is usually between 6 months to 1 year.
Early checkup is a preventive measure. Early examination of oral health plays a role in preventing any sort of tooth and/or oral infections, as well as in developing healthy oral hygiene. It is more of a preventive measure against early childhood caries.
Just a routine checkup. The first visit is relatively a short one. You may be asked to hold your baby and sit her on the dental chair for the examination. During the examination, the dentist checks the baby’s teeth for any indications of decay, examine the baby’s bite, looks and for any potential problem with the gums, jaw and oral tissues.
Common knowledge of oral health. During the first visit the dentist may educate you about oral health care basics for children and discusses dental developmental issues, apart from answering your queries. She may also talk about general oral hygiene practices for your baby’s teeth, gums and cavity protection as well as more specific issues.
Reduce sugar intake. The doctor may caution you against the sugar intake of the baby since sugar creates a perfect ground for the formation of dental caries. The dentist may suggest you to reduce the intake of free forms of sugar in your baby’s diet and stress on the importance of proper nutrition for adequate development of the teeth.
Repeat check-ups. Many dentists like to see the baby every 6 months. This is done to build up the baby’s comfort and confidence level in visiting the dentist as well as to monitor the development of the teeth. So that any developing problem can be treated promptly.
Other issues. The dentist can also talk about some other issues regarding your baby’s oral health that include:
- The right tooth brush or cleaning aid for teeth and rest of the mouth
- The right ways for cleaning the teeth
- Oral habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, or lip sucking
- Preventing decay from nursing
- Fluoride needs
Visits to the dental care centre, if started early, can ensure problem-free teeth eruptions. Discuss with your doctor about the issues that may arise when your baby gets her first tooth.