Find out why children should start seeing their dentist by one year old.
The first time your child smiles, rolls over, or walks are all important milestones. Another important milestone is when your child’s first tooth comes in. The first tooth often erupts around your child’s first birthday, which also means it’s the perfect time to turn to our Green Bay, WI, dentists Drs. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve for their age one dental visit.
What is the importance of an age one dental visit?
Just as you have to take your little one to the pediatrician regularly for wellness checkups to monitor their development and make sure they are healthy, the same rules apply to dental care. It’s best to wait no longer than your child’s first birthday to schedule their age one dental visit with our Green Bay, WI, team. If your child’s teeth come in much younger, you may want to call us and see if you should bring your child in for a checkup before they turn a year old.
Our dental team sees a lot of young children with decay. By starting their dental visits early on and making these checkups a priority you can protect your child’s smile from decay and other problems. This is also an equally important visit for parents. Through these visits, we can also educate parents about what causes decay, how to properly brush and floss their child’s teeth (as well as proper technique), as well as bottle and thumb-sucking habits that could impact the health of your child’s teeth.
What will happen during an age one dental visit?
There are many aspects to this first checkup and you may be surprised to discover that during this first visit, we aren’t going to spend much time in your child’s mouth. This visit is about establishing rapport with new families and children that come through our doors. We will spend time talking to you and your child, making sure that your little one gets comfortable and acquainted with the dental chair.
We will also take a peek inside their mouth to make sure that everything looks good, but we will only clean their teeth if we see any plaque, food, or tartar build-up. We will also get to know your current child’s routine when it comes to breastfeeding or their diet to determine if any habits could be increasing their risk for decay so we can alter these habits.
It’s important to make your child’s oral health a priority from the very beginning to protect against unwanted dental cavities, gum inflammation, and damaged teeth. To schedule your child’s age one dental visit with our Green Bay, WI, family dentistry team then call Pediatric Dentistry of Green Bay at (920) 432-2961.