Oh, when those first tiny teeth emerge in our babies! So much of our children’s development is measured by the progress in tooth development—first teeth, losing them to make way for adult teeth, braces. It’s important to start sound dental routines as soon as possible, in fact, as soon as that first precious tooth appears!
At First Impression Dental, Dr. Carter Reeves treats your entire family, including children at least 1 year old. If he notices that your family members are at risk for more cavities or other dental problems, he can take prophylactic measures to head those problems off before they start.
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you clean your baby’s gums after feeding, using a clean, wet piece of gauze or washcloth. Begin brushing your child’s teeth with a little bit of water from the very start, but ask your dentist if you’re considering using toothpaste before your child turns 2. Even flossing should begin early, as soon as any two teeth touch.
You’ll want to supervise teeth brushing to make sure your child doesn’t swallow the toothpaste, and uses a just a little bit on a child-sized toothbrush. By the time they’re 6 or 7, they’ll be able to brush, rinse, and spit on their own.
The ADA recommends that you can start regular dental visits by the time your child reaches his or her first birthday. If you think your child is having dental problems, please call our office at 571-465-2114 to schedule an exam.