Taking Your Baby to the Dentist: What to Know
When babies gets their first tooth, it's is a big day in a parent's life. It's also an important milestone for their future health.
A healthy smile begins with the first tooth, and parents should bring their child to a dentist as soon as they see the baby's first teeth. Here's what every parent should know about taking a baby to the dentist.
Your Baby and the Dentist
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking your child to the dentist for the first checkup around age one or within six months after the first baby teeth sprout. This is far earlier than most people think.
The baby teeth will fall out anyway, so why does a baby need to see a dentist?
It's important for the baby teeth (or primary teeth) to be kept healthy until they fall out naturally. This will help children chew properly for good nutrition, develop speech, save room for permanent teeth to grow in properly and promote a nice, healthy smile.
How is a baby's dentist different from a regular dentist?
Just like the difference between a pediatrician and a regular doctor, pediatric dentists complete two years of training following dental school to learn how to specifically treat infants and children. They use a special set of tools designed for the small mouths of children and are skilled in performing the delicate work necessary for young patients. Also, you can find Family Dentists, like many at Kool Smiles, who work with children all day and have offices that are built specifically for kids, with playgrounds, fun graphics and more!
How do you find a dentist who will treat babies?
Kool Smiles is a network of over 120 dental facilities located throughout the United States that focus on treating youngsters. Use Kool Smiles' location finder to see if there's one near you.
Dental health should not be overlooked when providing the best all-around care for your baby. Timely dental care will give your child a head start on a lifetime of healthy teeth, good hygiene practices and a beautiful smile. Visit one of our locations today, or call us at (855) 854-3621 to schedule an appointment!
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