The first set of teeth, often called “baby teeth” or primary teeth, usually appear between 6 and 12 months. These teeth are important as they contribute to clear speech and natural chewing. They also pave the way for permanent teeth to grow correctly when the time comes. Initiating early and consistent dental care marks a crucial stride in instilling lifelong, healthy oral habits in your child. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), it’s recommended to schedule your child’s first dental visit either when their first tooth emerges or around their first birthday. However, if your child hasn’t yet visited a dentist, don’t worry—there’s always an opportunity to do so later!
At the initial appointment, we will gently clean your baby’s teeth, and Dr. Dan will carefully inspect and count them. We might apply fluoride to enhance the resilience of your child’s teeth. Additionally, we’ll offer practical daily hygiene advice to parents or caregivers to ensure optimal care.