By Kevin M. Brown, DMD and Associates
January 29, 2016
Category: Uncategorized

Make your child’s smile a priority and they will have a healthy mouth for a lifetime.

When you have children, everything in your life begins to change. You now have something in your world that’s completely dependent on you. You focus on making sure they are safe, have a healthy diet, and are growing and developing properly. While it might seem odd to pediatric dentistrythink about, it’s never too soon to consider your child’s dental health. In fact, the sooner your child starts seeing the pediatric dentists of Kevin M. Brown, DMD and Associates in Ayer, MA, the better.

Why are these dental visits important?

These early checkups are vital for preventing dental problems like tooth decay and cavities. Children with healthy teeth are able to speak, smile, and eat with confidence. It might seem hard to believe, but children can develop cavities just from falling asleep with a bottle of juice or milk. Your child’s Ayer dentist will be able to pinpoint any potential problem and treat it before it becomes worse. Plus, we will also show you how to properly brush their teeth until they are able to do it themselves.

When should my child start seeing a dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that children start visiting their dentist regularly either by the time they are 1 years old or when their first tooth erupts, whichever comes first.

What will the first appointment entail?

The first visit is short but crucial, as we want to establish good rapport with your child. Plus, the sooner your child starts to see the dentist regularly, the more natural it will feel. We will get to know your child a bit to make them feel comfortable. Then we will go ahead and examine their teeth and gums to make sure everything is developing properly and looks healthy. We will also examine your child’s bite and check the gums and tissue. If necessary, we may clean your child’s teeth, as well.

What can I do to protect my child’s teeth?

Your Ayer pediatric dentist has a ton of advice on how to best protect your child’s smile when not at the dentist’s office:

  • When your child turns 1 year old, opt for a cup instead of a bottle.
  • When your child’s first teeth begin to appear, it’s time to start brushing them.
  • Avoid sugary foods.
  • Make sure your child uses fluoride toothpastes or treatments to keep teeth strong and healthy.
  • After feeding, gently wipe your baby’s teeth and gums with a cloth.
  • Do not allow your child to fall asleep with a bottle.

Following these tips will ensure that your child develops a smile that’s cavity-free. If it’s time to set up your child’s first appointment, call the dentists of Kevin M. Brown, DMD and Associates in Ayer, MA today. We can give your little one the dental care they deserve.