According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children need to visit their dentist by the age of one or within six months following the eruption of their first primary tooth. Unfortunately, the majority of kids in the U.S. don’t visit a dentist until they’re well over the age of two.
Here at Green Bay Family Dental in Green Bay, WI, our pediatric dentist Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve, and the entire care team believe that primary teeth as crucial, since they form a solid foundation for smile aesthetics and optimum oral health that could last a lifetime.
Understanding The Importance of Baby Teeth
The AAPD states that it’s critical to try and keep baby, milk, or primary teeth in their positions until they shed naturally. These teeth are very crucial primarily because they:
- Help save adequate space for adult or permanent teeth.
- Are involved in proper speech development.
- Help kids chew properly, in turn, maintaining proper nutrition.
- Promote a healthy and beautiful smile that helps kids feel confident about their smile.
According to the American Dental Association, there is a continuing and pressing need for more education that will teach proper oral care practices to ensure a lifetime of oral health. With that said, your child’s first dental appointment is an excellent opportunity for you to learn how you can best keep your child’s oral health in top shape.
How to Calm The Jitters During Dental Visits
If you start seeing your pediatric dentist in Green Bay, WI, during the time when his or her first tooth comes in, then your child may be too young to be anxious. However, if you have waited until the age of two or older for your child to visit a dentist, you can some anxiety, fear, and/or resistance. To prep your child, take him or her with you on your next dental appointment to see you getting examined and your teeth being cleaned.
Check out books, videos, and other online resources focused on teaching kids about dental visits and proper oral hygiene. Take turns playing dentist with your child and incorporate stuffed toys when playing. Make sure to allow sufficient time so that your visitors won’t be rushed. Lastly, ensure that your child is comfortable and well-rested before the visit.
Talk to Us To Find Out More About What Happens During Children’s Dental Visits
Dial (920) 432-2961 to schedule a visit with your pediatric dentist in Green Bay, WI, Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve, and Dr. Eric Ulve of Green Bay Family Dental today.