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Taking Baby to the Dentist

When Should I Take my Baby to the Dentist

The dental health of your child can begin 6 months after the appearance of the first tooth, which is usually around 12 months of age or slightly older. Some babies are even born with teeth already above the gums whereas others don’t have teeth yet at one year. A good rule is to take your baby to the pediatric dentist for their first visit 6 months after you first see teeth.

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Practicing Good Oral Health and Hygiene

Taking your baby to the pediatric dentist will set your child up for a future of practicing good oral health and hygiene and will also get your baby used to going to the dentist. When children are taken to the dentist office regularly, and from an earlier age, they are more likely to continue these good habits into adulthood.

If you, as the parent, have anxiety over visiting the dentist it is recommended that you book a separate appointment for your baby so that he or she does not pick up on your fears. Every experience at such a young age will leave an impact so always make visiting the dentist a positive experience.

The Benefits of Taking your Baby to a Pediatric Dentist

In addition to developing good habits and reducing any fear and anxiety surrounding visiting the dentist there are a number of other reasons to take your baby to the dentist when teeth begin to emerge:

Learn to Brush your Baby’s Teeth

Your baby’s pediatric dentist will be able to provide instruction and guidance on how to brush your baby’s teeth, including how to hold your child, how much toothpaste to use, what type of toothbrush to buy and the teeth brushing technique to ensure all teeth have had proper care. If you are already brushing your baby’s teeth the dentist will be able to make sure it is being done correctly and can provide suggestions to make your technique even more effective.


Preventative Care at the Dentist

Young children should also be taken to the pediatric dentist so that any issues can be spotted and treated early. X-rays for example are ideal for discovering if teeth are going to grow in crooked or crowded. In many cases, crooked teeth do straighten out on their own over time but if a bite problem develops, or if the child’s appearance may be affected, it is good to know sooner rather than later so an orthodontist can be recommended to help solve the problems before more serious issues arise.

Learn that the Dentist Prevents Problems

Rather than associating the dentist with fixing dental issues it is much better to have your child know that the dentist is actually there to prevent problems. Your child can grow up with healthy teeth and no cavities when they begin visiting the dentist 6 months after their first tooth has emerged.

Chapnick Dental Office specializes in dental care for babies and young children. To book an appointment for your baby, contact the team today.

We are a Family Friendly Practice

At Chapnik Dental Office, we provide family dentistry services. Toronto and Barrie dentist, Dr. Adam Chapnick works with every child to build trust and comfort through the entire dental visit process.

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