We just brought home our first child and we know itís too early
to start being anxious about visiting our dentist, but when would
be a good time to schedule an appointment with him?
Cecilia & Brian
Dear Proud New Parents:
I always think first time parents are so brave, what a huge responsibility
and awesome experience. My congratulations and best wishes for a
Youíll have plenty of challenges and concerns before you need to worry
about scheduling a dental appointment, but itís good to see that
you already realize the importance of your childís oral health.
When you notice your babyís first tooth you can bring the baby to your
dentist for an initial "look see." Thatís also a good time to start
the battle against bacteria and tooth decay. Get in the habit of
wiping your childís teeth and gums with a clean, damp cloth at least
three times a day, after every feeding or snack, and always before
Also donít put babies and toddlers to bed with a bottle of milk or juice.
If you must use a bedtime bottle, fill it with water.
Many people think baby teeth arenít very important. They are wrong. Remember
that healthy baby teeth will help the child develop a healthy set
of permanent teeth to enjoy for a lifetime.