Pediatric Dentistry is a branch of Dentistry in which we focus on our young patients. Our dentists are skilled in dealing with young children, pre-teens, and adolescents. It is recommended to have your child’s first dental visit around their first birthday or when their first tooth erupts.
When does the first tooth erupt?
The first tooth to erupt is usually the first central incisor, the middle front tooth, on the lower jaw, and you can expect them when your child is around 6 months old.
According to The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, It is recommended to have your child’s first dental visit within 6 months after their first tooth erupts or before they reach the age of 1.
Why does your child need to visit the dentist?
Our dentists will do extraoral and intraoral examinations of your child’s teeth and gums, and inform you and your child of preventive steps regarding oral hygiene and dietary habits to reduce the risk of dental problems. If needed, some gentle cleaning and polishing will be proceeded to remove any plaque or stains. Fillings or more treatments will be advised as well according to your child’s teeth condition.
Tips for Parents!
How to help them cope with their first visit?
The appointment would last between 30-40 minutes. We recommend that you should personally accompany your child as it is their first visit. Children tend to be cooperative in the morning after they have had a good night’s rest, so we recommend scheduling their appointment then. Avoid giving instructions on how they should behave with the dentist as they will feel pressure and fear of the unknown.
How often should your child see the dentist?
Like adults, kids need to have their teeth checked regularly every 6 months so that any oral health Issues can be avoided.
Effective dental habits for your children
When should you expect your child’s permanent teeth?
Your child’s 20 baby teeth will be replaced with 32 permanent teeth. You can expect this replacing stage from the age of 6 starting from the first to erupts, the central incisors.
It is essential to keep your child’s teeth clean and healthy. Here are some tips to help maintain good Oral Health for your child.
Gently rub your child’s teeth and gums with a clean baby towel with warm water to keep them clean.
As the first tooth pops up, create a brushing routine and implement them when they start to have most of their teeth shed.
Use a kid’s toothbrush, one with soft bristles and a small head so your child can have an easy time brushing.