Baby Steps To A Healthy Mouth
Pediatric Dentist Davis, CA
Early Infant Oral Care is Valuable to Your Child’s Future Oral Health
Many parents do not consider bringing their child to visit the dentist until well after their first birthday, but at Richard A. Mandelaris, DMD Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we encourage all new parents to see us before their child turns one. Doing so can help your child start off on the right path for a lifetime of good dental health, and it can help you learn how to provide the best dental care for your child.
Give Your Child a Dental Home
Research done by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) shows that children with an established “dental home” are more likely to receive all the necessary dental care that they need. We always are happy to accept new families into our office, and we provide early infant dental care to help you get comfortable bringing your little one in to see us. Together we can create a dental hygiene routine that will lead to excellent health for your child over time.
Infant Dental Considerations
As the parent of an infant, there are a few different dental considerations that you should try to keep in mind. Your infant’s first baby tooth starts to emerge between 3 and 6 months of age, and during this time, they can experience many symptoms of teething, including loss of appetite and excessive drool. Also, your baby is still at risk of tooth decay, even though their primary teeth are just starting to emerge, and preserving these teeth are important to their future tooth development.
That is why we carefully check your child’s mouth for any symptoms of dental cavities and explain how to properly clean your child’s gums and teeth to prevent this problem as much as possible. Early dental health is important, and many first-time parents are not sure how to start caring for their child’s teeth.
The Pre-Year Checkup
At Richard A. Mandelaris, DMD Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we believe it is important to bring your child in for a checkup before they turn one year old. This first checkup is important for two reasons: to evaluate the health of your child’s teeth and gums and to create a plan to maintain the future health of your child’s teeth. Our team is highly trained in early infant dental care, and we can help your child start on a preferred dental health path.
Read about Preparing for your First Visit
Contact our office at (530) 756-7516 to set up your child’s first dental visit! We are here to answer your questions and address any concerns you have about your child’s oral health.