The first visit to the dentist is particularly important. This is a chance for us to create a contact with your child, gain their trust, and get them used to the clinic’s environment. The Canadian Dental Association recommends visiting the dentist within six months of the eruption of your child’s first tooth or before the age of one. Of course, we recommend that you come earlier if you suspect a problem or in case of an emergency!
It is during these routine visits that we can check how the teeth and jaw are growing as well as detect and correct any speech, chewing, or cosmetic problems. We will also discuss the importance of fluoride and dental sealant on molars to protect them from cavities. If your child is having difficulty eating and talking, we will make sure to closely monitor how their jaw is growing along with the eruption of their teeth.
In the meantime, we encourage you to clean your baby’s gums even before their first teeth appear. Simply brush their gums gently with a damp cloth. In addition to getting your baby used to this routine, you’ll ensure a clean environment for their first teeth.