Raising a baby is tough work. You have so much to think about, from feedings to bathing to…well, everything! As a parent, you are faced with many tough decisions. Dental care doesn’t have to be one of them.
A Child’s First Visit to the Dentist
A child should make his or her first visit to the dentist before the age of one. This first visit serves many purposes, including: it helps familiarize the child with the dentist, it helps set up the ground work for a life of good oral care, it helps identify any pressing dental issues, and it is a good way to educate parents about how to care for baby teeth.
Tips for Caring for Baby Teeth
- Gum Care: Proper oral care begins for the first tooth even appears. Using a soft, moist washcloth, gently wipe your child’s gums twice a day. It is ideal to do this after feeding and before bedtime.
- Baby Teeth: Once teeth have started coming in, you can clean these teeth using a wet washcloth. Then, around age one, you can begin using a slight bit of non-flouridated toothpaste. Fluoride toothpaste should not be used until around the age of two.
- Flossing: As soon as two teeth touch, you can begin flossing.
- Visits to the Dentist: As we have already mentioned, we recommend that infants see a dentist by the age of 1 or within 6 months after their first tooth comes in. Then, the standard every-six-month dental visit recommendation begins.
Pediatric Dentistry Catonsville
At Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, our pediatric dental services include: regular dental visits and preventative treatments, fillings, aesthetic restorations, mouth guards, and much more! Dr. Leikin and Dr. Baylin offer high quality, comprehensive dental care geared towards children and adolescents.
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If you have any questions about A Child’s First Visit to the Dentist or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact Leikin & Baylin Dental Care of Catonsville, Maryland by calling 410-747-1115 or visit CatonsvilleDentalCare.com. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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