Comprehensive Pediatric Dentistry for Infants and Toddlers
By the time your child is one-year old, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that regular dental visits should begin. This initial visit is often referred to as a “Well Baby Exam.” Among ensuring there are no dental emergencies that should be taken care of right away, the visit is meant to offer your family guidance as to how you should begin caring for your child’s teeth.
Making the Visit a Pleasurable One
Together, we can make this first visit a reassuring one for your child. At home, you can help set the mood by using only constructive and positive language when discussing dentists, dental procedures, and treatments. Make them sound relaxing or even fun. Believe me; we will do our part to ensure your child is comfortable when he or she arrives!
You can also introduce your child to books or videos about going to the dentist. There are many available that show acts of courage, highlighting the fun aspects of trips to the dentist, and finally, showing that they have nothing to fear.
One thing to always be aware of is displaying any nervousness or anxiety leading up to the visit. Your child is more in tune with you emotionally than you may realize, and may pick up on these feelings. Make sure to remain calm and relaxed and your child will, too!
Friendly Tips: Things You Can Do to Care for Your Infant/Toddler’s Teeth
From the moment your child gets his or her first tooth, it is important to start brushing. Many parents believe that this comes later, but this is incorrect. Brushing is important from day one!
Be sure to clean each of your child’s teeth completely, covering the entire surface. There are plenty of fluoride-free training toothpastes on the market that will make this process easy.
Remember, once teeth start coming together and touching one another, you should be teaching your child the importance of flossing every day.
Once your baby has teeth, avoid putting him or her to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water. Otherwise cavities will begin to form very quickly.