The teeth in your child’s mouth are just prone to decay as your permanent teeth. If tooth decay is left unchecked it might require extraction. This gap can later result in alignment issues when your child’s permanent teeth emerge.
On the average, the first baby teeth start to emerge from the gums around four to six months old. The American Dental Association recommends that you schedule your child’s first dental checkup at some point before your child’s first birthday.
This first trip to the dentist can help make sure your child’s mouth is healthy and everything is developing normally. It’s also a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you might have about your child’s mouth.
For most children they are more likely to fuss and complain when they are tired or hungry. Try to schedule the appointment in the morning or shortly after your child normally wakes up from their nap. Try to keep your mood upbeat and positive, as your child will tune into your emotions. This also helps set the tone for future trips to the dentist.
If your child is ready for their first trip to the dentist, please call our office at 270.282.0909 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting your child and helping them get a good start on a health mouth!