When should I first take my child to the dentist?
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should have their first appointment about six months after their first tooth appears. At the latest, children should first see a dentist by their first birthday. Early visits with our dentists are meant to help patients feel more comfortable in our office. In addition to decreasing dental anxiety, pediatric appointments in Houston, Texas, help Dr. Jeffrey Chung and their associates monitor the development of your child’s teeth.
When does my baby first start growing teeth?
Teeth first start developing in the womb, at around 16-20 weeks. However, they don’t usually appear until babies are 6 to 10 months. Parents should start brushing and flossing the teeth as soon as two teeth appear next to one another.
Why is it so important to take care of primary teeth?
Though primary (baby) teeth will eventually be replaced by adult teeth, they are key to oral health and development. Healthy primary teeth help:
- Develop correct speech and vocal development
- Develop a proper diet with a strong, functional bite
- Create a straight smile
- Provide a placeholder for adult teeth
- Keep the overall mouth healthy and free from disease or decay
Reach out to Serenity Dental at 832-301-8433 if you have any other questions about pediatric dentistry.