Form Healthy Habits
Baby teeth generally begin to emerge around 6-8 months of age and require attention from parents to keep them healthy and cavity-free. By helping your child learn healthy dental habits from the beginning, you will help them carry these preventative habits into adulthood, saving them from pain and expensive future dental problems.
Keeping up on your child’s oral health can help prevent painful toothaches or periodontal disease, which could alter the way he or she speaks. During these developmental years, the way your child learns to talk and chew can also have long-lasting effects.
Placeholders For Adult Teeth
Your child’s baby teeth are holding the spots where their adult teeth will come in later (around 6 years of age). Keeping up the health of your child’s teeth and gums before the adult teeth emerge allows the adult teeth to come in smoothly and safely. Preventing periodontal disease can never start too early!
What Age Should Dental Office Visits Start?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends every child visit a dentist by the time they get their first tooth or by the age of 1. If your child doesn’t have any baby teeth by this age, don’t worry! Some children have their teeth emerge later than others, but you can always schedule time with Dr. Charu Saini to make sure there aren’t any underlying medical issues causing delay.
Engaging with Dr. Saini early on to develop an individual plan for your child will help her guide permanent teeth into the best position possible! The earlier we develop a relationship and get your child accustomed to being in a dental office, the better their future dental experiences will be. There will always be a transition period when introducing a child to something new, so let’s make that occur as an infant. That way, when your child is a toddler they’ll be the perfect dental patient (And as parents, you can sit back and relax rather than worrying about the dental appointment!).
Here are some highlights of your child’s first dental visit to Mapleridge Children & Adult
The staff at Mapleridge Children & Adult Dentistry in Liverpool, NY, is excited and ready to see children and adults of all ages!
If you have questions regarding the recipes above, or to learn more about healthy foods to eat that won’t cause damage to your teeth, contact us today, and our friendly team will be happy to help. To schedule an appointment for you or your child, give us a call. Have a happy summer!