Dear Babies under the age of 1,
First of all, thank you so much for taking the time to visit our website. I know a lot of babies just want to play with toys and take a nap; we appreciate the fact that you’ve made a commitment to dental health at such a young age.
One thing we hear a lot when we talk to babies is, “OK, I’ve only had these teeth for a few months – do I really need to see a dentist?”
The answer is Yes. Like a game of peekaboo, that might come as a surprise to you, but it’s true – the infant visit is endorsed by leading national public health groups.
Your first dental visit is focused on learning about oral health and how the grownups in your life can best care for your unique needs. The goal is for you to establish a relationship with your pediatric dentist and have any questions answered.
We cover many subjects during your first dental visit, including:
-How to care for an infant’s or toddler’s mouth
-Appropriate use of fluoride
-Oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking
-Ways to prevent oral and facial accidents and trauma
-Teething and developmental milestones
-The relationship between diet and oral health
-How to prevent of early childhood cavities
More than 1 out of 4 children in the United States have cavities by the age of 4 years old. Not to throw anyone under the bus, but let’s just say we believe in educating parents about early childhood cavities and how to help prevent them through diet, oral hygiene and the use of fluoride to prevent problems.
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I wish all babies (and parents) were as conscientious as you. We look forward to celebrating your first birthday together.
And if you’re feeling a little sleepy all this, get cozy with a blankie, and please tell the moon we say…