Baby’s First Dental Appointment

By Montefiore Medical Center
June 15, 2018

Pediatric Dentistry Bronx, NYCongratulations, new mom and dad! A bouncing bundle of joy brings a lot of exciting changes to life like getting used to the weird packets of organic baby food in the fridge, getting less sleep, and putting off chores like mowing the lawn (because the baby’s *finally* asleep). It’s a fun time, but it’s also a time to get serious about staying organized. Remembering to buy diapers will make life so much easier, but we’re also here to remind you to keep an eye out for your baby’s dental health. Set your child up for dental success by starting proper dental care early and keep reading for all the ins and outs of your child’s dental care.

Why Should I Worry About Baby Teeth?

Though many people think that baby teeth aren’t important because we just lose them anyway, that thinking couldn’t be further from the truth. Care of baby teeth (also referred to as primary teeth) can impact how adult teeth grow in, and even if they grow in healthy! Tooth decay in baby teeth can sometimes influence tooth decay in adult teeth, so keep those little guys clean. Also, your child learns to eat her first solid food and say her first words with her baby teeth, so they help her set up a solid foundation for a healthy future.

When Should We Bring In Our Child For Her First Appointment?

According to the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should bring in your baby for her first visit within six months of her first tooth erupting, but sooner to make sure she sees a dentist by her first birthday. We can show you the fundamentals of how to brush her teeth, and help her learn to do it herself when the time comes. We can also help identify issues that come from diet or thumb-sucking before they become too serious during these early dental visits.

Has your baby recently gotten her first tooth? Congratulations! Take a picture for her baby book and then give us a call at 888-700-6623 to schedule her first appointment!

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