The appearance of your child's first tooth is a big milestone! It's not just a sign that your baby is growing and changing, it's also part of a process of dental development that will continue into your child's early twenties.
Protecting Baby Teeth
A common misconception is that since baby teeth eventually come out, they don't require any special care. This couldn't be further from the truth! Baby teeth play an essential role because they allow your child to start eating solid foods and develop proper speech patterns. They are also placeholders for permanent teeth to erupt properly.
Ensuring these teeth stay healthy now gives your child is a positive foundation for a lifetime of healthy smiles. To do this, you need to bring your child to the dentist as soon as baby teeth emerge, but no later than their first birthday.
Tips for a Successful Visit
As a parent, it can be a bit overwhelming to think of your little one sitting in a dental chair surrounded by unfamiliar people and strange-looking equipment. If you're worried about how your child will react, here are a few tips
- Keep your feelings to yourself – You may be anxious about dental visits, but your child will pick up on your anxiety.
- Turn the visit into a fun adventure – Your 35205 dentist knows how to make kids comfortable during their visits. But you can do your part by talking the experience up as a fun adventure. Pick up a children's book about dental visits or find coloring pages online to stimulate their interest.
- Don't use "scary" words – Keep conversations about the first visit light and never use words like "shot" or "needle" that can conjure up negative feelings for your child.
Please Call Us to Arrange an Appointment
At Cook Family Dental, we love treating kids, and we value the trust parents place in us to ensure they have a positive experience.
If your child's baby teeth are starting to appear, please call us to arrange a time for you to stop by and visit with us!