Choosing a dentist for your baby before their teeth even start growing in might not seem important, but there are plenty of good reasons to consider doing so. Here are just a few.
Catch Problems Early
One of the most important reasons to choose a dentist for your baby before their teeth ever start growing in is to make sure that any dental problems they might have are caught early. Whether it's a problem with how your child's teeth will grow in due to a gum or bone disorder or a gum tenderness issue, if your baby has or starts to develop some kind of dental problem, you can count on their dentist to correct the problem quickly so it doesn't fester or cause even more problems as teeth grow in.
If you wait until your child's teeth start growing in before you start taking them to the dentist, it might be harder or too late altogether to correct a problem that has already developed. So, it's a good idea to start vetting prospective dentists near your home so you can make your baby's first dentist appointment sooner rather than later.
Learn Expert Tips and Tricks
Another great reason to make sure that your baby starts seeing a dentist early is to gain access to expert tips and tricks you can use at home to keep your little one's gums healthy while their first teeth grow in. Your child's dentist should give you advice about what foods to avoid and teach you how to keep your baby's gums and first teeth healthy and clean before they can take care of their own teeth.
And, when it comes time for your child to care for their own teeth, your dentist will provide you with tips for teaching them proper brushing and flossing skills as well as give you ideas for effectively encouraging your little one to make dental care a priority.
Make Future Visits More Comfortable
Seeing the dentist as a baby will help ensure that your child is used to getting check-ups and cleanings by the time they have a full set of teeth. Instead of being a scary experience, your child will feel comfortable visiting their dentist because they will already have a rapport with them and they will know exactly what to expect during a check-up or cleaning. You won't have to worry about bribing your child to go to the dentist or dealing with tantrums on the way to appointments.
Contact a dentist, such as Dr. Jon Douglas Lesan, DDS, RpH, PA, to set up your baby's first appointment.