It’s a huge responsibility making sure your little one is getting off to a happy and healthy start in life. There are vaccinations to get, nutrition to stay on top of, and the list goes on and on. While our Orange California pediatric dentists don’t want to stress you out by adding to your list, we do feel that it’s our responsibility to tell you about the importance of getting into the habit of brining your child in for routine dental exams from a very early age. Yes, it may seem like a hassle sometimes, but a preemptive check-up every now and then is really nothing compared to the discomfort and inconvenience of dealing with teeth and gums after decay and periodontal disease have become established.
Though your young one’s teeth aren’t visible at birth, they’re there, growing and developing out of site. At around seven months, those first pearly whites will begin to “erupt” — the technical term dentists use in place of “come in” or “grow in”. These first teeth mark the beginning of a long saga of tooth eruption and tooth loss that won’t quiet down for 12 years or so, when your “baby” will finally have all of their 28 adult teeth. (Wisdom teeth won’t start coming in until around 17 years of age.) These first teeth, hopefully, also mark the beginning of a lifetime of coming in to our Orange California pediatric dentist office at Children’s Dental Group. Yes, that’s right! Even kiddos need to come in for 6-month dental exams and cleanings, not only to make sure they’re getting educated about dental hygiene, but also to make sure cavities, gingivitis and other potential issues are addressed as soon as possible.
Are you concerned the dentist will scare your child needlessly? Don’t be. We here at Children’s Dental Group know that trips to the dentists can be a little frightening, and we’re experts at making sure junior is comfortable and even having a good time! But don’t take our word for it, schedule an appointment with our Orange California pediatric dentist and see for yourself.