It’s amazing what babies do all on their own—those little pearly whites pop up without anyone telling them to. But once they do, it takes an expert’s advice to make sure they are as healthy as can be.
Gladstone Family Dentistry’s Dr. Candace Krause recommends that you bring Baby to see her within six months of the appearance of the first tooth. “We check to make sure your little one’s teeth are in good shape and that Mom and Dad know how to keep them that way,” Dr. Krause says. “Most importantly, we want to make sure he or she will feel comfortable coming to the dentist again.”
Even though your child’s baby teeth will eventually fall out naturally, it’s still important to clean them regularly as soon as they erupt. That’s why we want to see your baby so early in his or her life, and that’s why we want both Baby and parents to feel comfortable coming back—consistent, long-term care will ensure that baby’s smile develops just as it should.
Isn’t coming to the dentist a scary experience for a baby?
It doesn’t have to be. There are lots of new experiences for Baby in the dentist’s office—the whooshing of the air sprayer and the swooshing of the water sprayer to name just a few. All of it could be overwhelming for a baby, but we take the fright out of it with a few baby-friendly modifications to the usual dental office routine.
Here’s what you can expect from a visit to Gladstone Family Dentistry with Baby:
We schedule appointments when Baby is most alert. This is usually first thing in the morning, but we understand it can be different for every baby.
Baby can be in whatever position he or she is most comfortable. Mom or Dad can sit in the dental chair, and Baby sits on his or her lap. Or, Baby can be in a sling. We’re flexible.
Our focus in the first appointment is to show Mom or Dad the best ways to clean Baby’s teeth. We only look in Baby’s mouth as much he or she lets us. Making a game of it always helps, but we understand not every baby will like having a dentist’s gloved fingers in his or her mouth!
Should my baby see a pediatric dentist or a family dentist?
For most babies, it’s perfectly normal to see a family dentist like Dr. Krause or Dr. Kato. In fact, this will mean your baby won’t need to switch to a family dentist later on in life, and can continue seeing the same dentist throughout his or her childhood.
Pediatric dentists are specialists who are trained to handle more serious problems that can happen when Baby’s teeth aren’t cared for properly, or if there is a serious injury or a disorder. If it should be necessary, we would refer your child to a pediatric dentist.
This is an important time in the development of your baby’s teeth, but it isn’t just their smile we want to develop. Starting a long-term relationship with a dentist is the best way to make sure your child will enjoy a lifetime of healthy teeth. We look forward to meeting you and your baby, and to building a long-term relationship with your whole family!
Make an appointment today!