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When to Take Your Baby to the Dentist

Family Dentistry for all Your Milestones

Even though your baby’s new teeth may be small, they are of great importance to their development and health. We know that you want to make sure you’re taking proper care of your baby’s teeth and hitting the correct deadlines, so we are here to walk you through the best time to take your baby to the dentist and why their baby teeth are so important. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should take your baby to the dentist when their first tooth appears. If you are unable to visit at that time, it is recommended that you schedule a visit no later than their first birthday.

Why Visit the Dentist so Early?

It may seem excessive to take your child to the dentist when their first tooth arrives, but there are many compelling reasons why it is recommended. For one, the sooner your child begins their regular dental checkups, the more “on track” they will be in maintaining their dental health throughout their whole lives. At your first few visits, our team will be able to catch any ongoing issues before they develop. Down the line, this will save you some time and save your baby from unnecessary pain.

Why Do Baby Teeth Matter?

It is a common misconception that baby teeth don’t require a high level of attention because they will fall out regardless. This could not be further from the truth. For one, baby teeth aid in jaw development. Caring for their teeth will help them develop healthy and functional jaws. Baby teeth also help guide the permanent teeth into the proper position. If baby teeth are lost due to tooth decay, new teeth are more likely to grow in uneven. Because permanent teeth also grow above baby teeth, tooth decay can also damage the teeth that are growing in if it is severe. Caring for baby teeth can also increase health and nutrition. Since baby teeth last up to around age twelve, they will still have these teeth for a significant portion of time. Healthy and intact teeth will help promote confidence and high self-esteem while they navigate their formative years.

Can Dentists Help with the Teething Process?

Visiting the dentist early can help you and your baby get through the teething process. Our family dentists will give you personalized advice to suit your little one’s needs. In the meantime, it usually helps to have a firm, rubber teething toy. Keeping the gums a cool temperature tends to ease teething pain, so we recommend gently massaging the gums with a cool, wet washcloth. Similarly, cool, soft foods like applesauce and yogurt can also help during this process. At your visit, your dentist will be able to evaluate your baby’s needs and give personalized advice.

How Family Dentistry Makes a Difference

Our experienced team at Rauzman & Pallotta specializes in family dentistry. This means that we are here to address your child’s oral health at every stage of their life. As part of our family dental practice, we provide regular checkups and exams to make sure your child’s oral health is on track. Even those who take the best care of their oral health may experience the occasional cavity and need a filling, and we provide that as well. Because we also treat adults, we offer a full range of services to treat various dental needs that your child may have. What we find the most rewarding about family dentistry is that we are able to be a familiar face to children as we watch them grow. Even though we know there is nothing to be afraid of, we also know that dental fear is quite common in children. Having a consistent dentist they can trust can help ease those anxieties. This will ensure they do not neglect to take care of their oral health throughout their lives.

To schedule your baby’s first dental visit, or to take advantage of one of our other dental services, call us today at (973) 427-4201 or contact us online.