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Published on: 19 Oct 2016 by e-kalman

Why Does a Baby Need to See a Dentist?

This is a question
we often hear from parents and caregivers, as after all, a young child’s first
set of teeth aren’t permanent. So, does early dental care really matter?

In fact, early
dental care matters an awful lot and can go a long way towards helping a young
child grow up with healthy and nicely aligned teeth that are free from disease.
There’s so much we can do for a young child here at the Kids Best Dentist NYC, we can
also offer lots of help and advice to parents and caregivers.

So, when should
you book your child’s very first visit to see our kids dentist Brooklyn Dr.
Marina Krepkh?

We generally
suggest scheduling this visit soon after they get their first tooth or by age
1, whichever comes first.

What Happens during a Baby’s Very First Dental Visit?

This visit is very
short and won’t involve any treatment. It’s simply an opportunity for you and
your baby to get to know our pediatric dentist and all our friendly dental team
in an environment that is welcoming and non-threatening. We will need to know
their medical and health information, so if any treatment is required we can
make sure it is safe and appropriate. Their very first dental exam will
probably be conducted while you hold them in the dental chair, so they always
feel safe and secure.

During this
examination our dentist will carefully check your child’s mouth, examining
their teeth for any signs of decay. They will also want to look at the way your
child’s teeth and jaws are developing and can assess any potential problems at
a very early stage. Dental education is an extremely important part of this
visit, as we can chat to you about oral care for your baby, including the right
kind of toothbrush and toothpaste to use.

We can also show
you some techniques to make cleaning their teeth that much easier. Even though
they may only have one or two teeth at this stage, it’s vital to begin brushing
them as soon as they emerge. We usually find parents and caregivers have lots
of questions about their child’s dental care and we are always more than happy
to discuss any issues about dental health. For example, we can provide you with
advice on:

oral hygiene for your child

including when to use fluoride toothpaste

habits like thumb sucking and tongue thrusting

and when to expect their teeth to emerge

nutrition to keep their teeth and bones strong and healthy

frequently your child will need dental checkups

Most children will
need to begin seeing a dentist every six months for a checkup and professional
cleaning. However, this can vary according to your child’s specific dental

Why See a Pediatric Dentist Rather Than the Family

This is another
question we often get asked, and the simple answer is that a pediatric dentist
is specially trained to treat children. By bringing your baby to see a pediatric
dentist, you are assured they will receive more specialized dental care that is
best suited to meet their needs. Our kids dentist Brooklyn is
highly trained and completed several years’ additional training after first
qualifying as a general dentist.

This additional
training focuses on the specific needs of children’s dentistry, including the
way a child’s teeth develop, physical growth and development and child behavior.
Our pediatric dental office is also oriented towards children’s dental care,
with specialized equipment, and our surroundings are designed to help them
relax and feel comfortable. We aim to make dental care fun!

How Early Childhood Dental Care Can Positively Affect
Your Child for Life

The kind of dental
care your child receives during the early part of their life can shape their
views on dental care well into adulthood. It’s our aim to ensure every single
child visiting our dental practice grows up with healthy teeth and a healthy
attitude towards dental care. We want them to view regular dental visits as
just something you do rather than anything to be scared of.

By coming to see
us regularly, we aim to build up a good relationship with your child. There is
another benefit of early childhood dental care, as it’s far less likely your
child will suffer any significant dental problems. If they do have any signs of
gum problems or tooth decay, we can deal with these issues quickly and
effectively. They will receive dental care from a team they know and trust, in
surroundings that are familiar and relaxing. This is a much better scenario
than waiting until a child is in pain before booking their first visit to see a

We Keep a Close Eye on the Way Their Teeth and Jaws

As your child gets
a bit older, we will continue to closely monitor the development of their teeth
and jaws. If necessary, we will recommend they see an orthodontist for an early
orthodontic evaluation by age 6 or seven. This doesn’t mean they will
automatically need orthodontic treatment, but it can identify any problems that
may develop and sometimes early treatment can help avoid the need for more
extensive orthodontic work in the future.

We Love Teaching Young Children How to Brush and Floss

Brushing and
flossing is such a fundamental part of good oral hygiene, but without the right
techniques it’s easy to miss out areas. As your child gets old enough to begin
brushing their teeth on their own, we can show them the best way to make sure
their teeth get thoroughly clean. 

Our dental team will also explain why good
dental care is so important and how it will help them have strong, healthy and
attractive teeth. Most children will not have the ability to floss their teeth
until around age 10, but when the time comes we can show them how to floss
properly. This is an essential technique that will help keep their gums in
great shape.

Our kids dentist Brooklyn always offer a very warm welcome to first-time
patients, whether, your baby is visiting a dentist for the very first time, or
you have a slightly older child looking to see a great pediatric dentist. There
is increasing concern about the links between poor dental health and poor
general health, so the need for good dentistry for kids has never been greater.

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