What to expect, tooth-wise, as your child grows
Once that first tooth comes in, it’s time to see the dentist. It won’t take too long. You’ll hold your little one in your lap while the dentist checks their tooth (or teeth) and their general dental health.
Timing tip: Scheduling your visit after nap time and a snack will make for a much happier visit.
Your child should see the dentist at least every six months after the first tooth comes in. These years are all about making the dentist a fun, safe place to visit so caring for teeth becomes second nature to your child.
Your dentist will add things to your child’s routine as they grow, like toothbrushing (twice a day!) with a non-fluoride toothpaste and flossing — with help from mom and dad.
Diet is very important at this stage. Gummy treats, even gummy vitamins and fruit chews plus starchy snacks like pretzels and potato chips stick to baby teeth and cause cavities—even in toddlers. So snack on fresh fruits and veggies and be sure to brush those choppers!
Comfort tip: These are fun years to explore and play dentist. Help your child do a check up on a stuffed animal — or maybe dad. At this stage, we want taking care of teeth to be a fun part of every day.