Chances are your baby’s smile lights up your life. But what are you doing to protect that smile? Because a child doesn’t usually have a complete set of teeth until around age three, parents may wonder what constitutes the appropriate time to take their children to the dentist. After all, what can a dentist do with one or two teeth? According to the American Dental Association, the first dental visit should occur within six months of the emergence of a child’s first tooth but not after his or her first birthday. The first visit plays an important role in establishing the groundwork for a lifetime of oral health for your child. Your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, discusses the first dental visit and the importance of caring for a child’s teeth.
The First Dental Visit
During the first dental visit, your child will likely not have very many teeth in his or her mouth. You may wonder, then, what the point of the dental visit is. This dental visit allows your Des Moines children’s dentist, Dr. Johnson, to examine your child’s mouth and inspect the teeth that are emerging and have emerged. It also allows you to ask Dr. Johnson questions about your child’s oral health and the proper way to care for your child’s teeth. Lastly, the first dental visit begins building a relationship of trust between your child and Dr. Johnson.
Why Worry About Baby Teeth?
Because baby teeth are not permanent, it may seem that taking care of them isn’t all that important. However, baby teeth, or primary teeth, are actually very important. Primary teeth act as placeholders for the permanent teeth growing in behind them. If a primary tooth falls out too early, the surrounding teeth may grow into the area, leading to crowding in the permanent teeth. Decay in primary teeth can also lead to health problems beyond the scope of the mouth, so it’s important to keep them clean and healthy.
Schedule a Visit with Your Des Moines Children’s Dentist
Is it time for your baby’s first dental visit? Schedule an appointment with your Des Moines children’s dentist, Dr. Johnson, today by calling 515-223-9764. Our 50266 dentist office welcomes patients from West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, and nearby Des Moines metro communities.