For parents, it can be challenging to know when it’s time for that first trip to the dentist. You may be shocked to hear that an infant’s teeth begin to form in the second trimester of pregnancy. By the time your baby is born, they have developed 20 teeth which are fully developed and ready to appear in time.
Most children develop teeth between 6 and 12 months old, and most children will develop a full smile by the time they are age 3. But even before they reach full oral develop, it’s important to start oral care in the home.
Getting a Head Start on Dental Care
From the moment your baby is born, it’s important to start some basic care within your child’s mouth. Even before teething, it’s important to run a damp washcloth over the gums to clear away bacteria after feeding.
By the time your child begins teething, you can begin brushing the teeth gently with an infant toothbrush. Using fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Associates’ (ADA) seal of acceptance is a good idea. Remember, before you begin oral care for your child, it is always a good idea to speak with a licensed Dentist for advice.
Are Baby’s at Risk For Tooth Decay?
As soon as your little one is able to feed, there is a risk for tooth decay. Sugars from juice or formula can provide obstacles to a baby’s oral health. It’s important during these early stages that you address these issues quickly. Getting a leg up on your child’s health is imperative and it’s never too early to speak with a Dentist to get perspective on best practices.
Baby’s First Dentist Appointment.
By the time your baby reaches their 1st birthday, the ADA recommends that a visit to the Dentist is appropriate. Having an initial consultation will give you a piece of mind as to how you should treat your baby’s teeth and gums.
These early visits are essential in developing good habits that will last them the rest of their lives. Initial visits will help diagnose any issues that may have developed as well as insight into potential orthodontic treatment or structural concerns. It’s important to come early with your child and be proactive as they age. Healthy gums and teeth are the gifts that you can give them for the rest of their lives if the proper attention and follow-up is provided.