Age 1 to 2 Visits
Winston-Salem & Greensboro, NC
If you’re a parent of a baby who is about to have their first birthday, congratulations! You’re about to enter the toddler years. Your child will have a lot of firsts during this time. One of those firsts should be your child’s first dental visit. You may be wondering why you need to take your child to the dentist when they don’t have all of their teeth yet, or perhaps they don’t have any teeth at all. However, Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates want to tell you why it is important to take your child to the dentist. Keep reading for more information.
Your Baby’s Teeth
Your baby’s first tooth should come in around the time they are a year old. Whether your baby has a new tooth yet or not, you need to bring them to see us around their first birthday. We want to see your child around their first birthday for a couple of reasons. First, we want to answer any questions you have about dental care for your child. For example, you need to know that you can wipe your baby’s gums with a damp cloth if they don’t have teeth yet. Also, when your baby begins to get teeth, be sure to use non-fluoride toothpaste formulated for babies. These are things as a new parent, you may not be aware of.
If you bring your child to the dentist early, we will be able to spot any problems they have before they become large problems. For example, if your child doesn’t like to have their teeth brushed, we can give you advice on how to get your child to brush happily. It is really important we begin to have a relationship with your child, because research has shown that when children don’t get dental care, they may have cavities and poor oral hygiene. Poor oral hygiene may mean that your child’s teeth don’t come in properly or they don’t come in at all. It’s really important to make dental visits a priority.
What Are Age One to Two Visits Like?
When you bring your child to the dentist, there are several things we’re going to do. First, we’re going to get to know your child. This is important, because we want your child to feel comfortable with us. We love helping children learn good dental health. After we get to know your child, we will then have a look at your child’s teeth. The examination will be as brief as possible, because we don’t want to alarm your child. However, we want to look at your child’s teeth and the structures of your mouth. We want to make sure that all of the structures look normal. We will also clean your child’s teeth, and make sure they have fun while we’re cleaning. We use fun flavored toothpaste, and we dance around and sing- kids love it.
We may also give your child a little surprise in a gift bag, so they will want to come back and see us. We make time for you to ask questions about your child’s oral hygiene as well. Just like other people, your child will need to come and see us every six months.
Do you have questions about your toddler’s dental care? Why not give Eric J. Sadler, DDS & Associates a call at (336) 331-5271.