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2 Your Health: When should I take my baby to the dentist?'

2 Your Health: When should I take my baby to the dentist?'

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Pediatric dentists at the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine generally recommend that a child be seen by a dentist by the age of 1 or within 6 months after his or her first tooth comes in.

Dr. Katherine Renne says your baby's first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment.  She says it gives the baby an opportunity to meet the dentist in a non-threatening and friendly way. Some dentists may ask the parent to sit in the dental chair and hold their child during the examination. The parent may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.

Dr Renne explains that during an exam, your dentist will check all of your child's existing teeth for decay, examine your child's bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues. If indicated, the dentist or hygienist will clean any teeth and assess the need for fluoride. He or she will also educate parents about oral health care basics for children and discuss dental developmental issues and answer any questions.

Many sure your wipe or brush your baby's teeth twice daily. Schedule visits every 6 months to build up the child's comfort and confidence level in visiting the dentist.  And monitor the development of the teeth, and promptly treat any developing problems.

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