Baby Teeth

Your child should see a pediatric dentist before her or his first birthday.

Baby’s First Dental Visit at Pediactric Dentistry of Brandon

Your child will have all of her or his primary (baby) teeth by age three. Six months after the eruption of your child’s first tooth, you should start taking your child to see the dentist every six months.

“Parents are surprised when I tell them that their infants can develop tooth decay and cavities soon after their teeth first appear,” says Dr. Torres. “This is caused by extensive exposure to liquids containing sugars like milk, formula, and fruit juice. Taking your child to the dentist at a young age is the best way to prevent problems such as tooth decay. We will catch decay early, as well as any other dental problems such as teething irritations, gum disease, and the effects of prolonged thumb or pacifier sucking.

“Children, who come to the dentist early in age, tend to have little fear and anxiety about dentistry, and to develop good oral care habits early. When they are treated with love, by experts who understand children at all stages of their development, they actually enjoy these visits.

“The sooner we eliminate decay, identify the child’s fluoride needs, treat oral health problems, and help parents learn how to clean their child’s teeth, the better it is for the child on into adulthood. Early evaluation and visits every six months are aimed at preventing disease and discomfort. As your child grows, we are able to identify any emerging problems and can respond to them appropriately and promptly. We will answer any questions you have and always strive to make your child feel comfortable throughout the visit.

“The entire care team at Pediatric Dentistry of Brandon enjoys working with children from infancy to young adulthood. We love them, and they love us—so much so, that even young college students who grew up in our practice, come back to us for care. They are members of our dental practice family.”