Many parents are surprised that we recommend a dental check-up for children by the time they are one year old or within six months of the first tooth erupting. They sometimes ask why this is necessary when their child has no or very few teeth. At Bay Area Kids Dentist, we know that great smiles start early.
Unfortunately, children can develop tooth decay as early as age three from taking naps with a bottle in their mouth or continuously nursing from their mother. The sooner you start bringing your baby in for regular dental check-ups, the easier it is for us to detect and treat any dental problems.
How to Care for Your Baby’s Teeth at Home
It’s never too early to start an oral care routine, even if your baby doesn’t have any teeth yet. In that case, you can use a clean, damp cloth to clean the gums. When the primary teeth start coming in, place a pea-sized amount of toothpaste on a baby toothbrush to get the teeth clean. Our dentists recommend continuing to help your child with brushing until approximately age seven. Try to limit the amount of time your child has a bottle and don’t put him or her down for a nap with one.
The entire staff at Bay Area Kids Dentist is happy to answer any additional questions you have about caring for your young child’s oral hygiene.
Teeth vary in size, shape and their location in the jaws. These differences enable teeth to work together to help you chew, speak and smile. They also help give your face its shape and form. At birth people usually have 20 baby (primary) teeth, which start to come in (erupt) at about 6 months of age.