Entering parenthood is a mixture of several emotions. The joy of getting to watch your newborn grow could be combined with certain aspects of confusion about whether or not they are suitable for the baby. During the baby’s teething phase, one such stage where parents could be left with a huge question mark.
Should I seek professional help from a dentist? Should we start brushing the baby’s teeth? Would breastfeeding affect the growth of the teeth or their alignment? These are just a few of the many questions lingering around the parents’ heads. Whenever in confusion, it is best to get professional help.
The American Dental Association recommends that parents take their child for the first dental consultation between 6 months and a year. Most parents are surprised by this, but it is crucial not to delay. This is when the first set of teeth would emerge, and parents should have a good idea about caring for them. Also, being informed about the ideal oral habits of the baby would be pretty helpful.
Since babies tend to make a lot of fuss during the first visit, we ask you to hold the baby and sit on the dental chair. The dentist would check for the emergence of teeth and make sure there isn’t any complication with it. Instructions regarding the care and cleaning of the teeth would be given to the parents. The dentist would guide you to brush your baby’s teeth and clean the oral cavity, especially after feeding the baby, as the food residues could promote bacterial activity.
A special toothbrush would be given for the baby, which the parents can mount on the tip of their finger and gently clean the teeth. A fluoride treatment may be considered if the dentist feels that the teeth are vulnerable to cavities. Additionally, if you have any questions regarding your newborn’s oral health, you can get them clarified with the dentist.
Tooth decay and damage are common in children, and if your little one is also experiencing the same, we will repair their beautiful smiles with tooth fillings. This treatment is straightforward and can be done in just one day, and this treatment will cure your child’s smile and be flawless once more.
Periodic dental consultations are recommended so that the dentist can keep track of your child’s oral health and stay well-prepared for unexpected infections. But, before this, parents should take the initiative to make sure children aren’t afraid of visiting the dentist. Some of the things you can do are:
For more information about pediatric dental care or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lalit Bhardwaj, call our office in Dallas.