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By Kent B. Molino, DDS, PC and Todd L. Vaccaro, DDS
August 23, 2016
Category: family dentistry

Dental check-ups are crucial to your child’s oral and overall health. However, determining when your child should begin seeing their children's dental visitfamily dentist can be confusing. Do you know when your child should start visiting the dentist? Find out more with your Niskayuna, NY dentists, Dr. Kent B. Molino and Dr. Todd L. Vaccaro.

When should my child start seeing the dentist? 
The first sign a child should see their dentist is the eruption of their first tooth. Since every child is different, this could occur at different times. The general rule of thumb is that children should see their dentist by their first birthday. Regular dental check-ups as the teeth grow in allow your dentist to examine your child’s mouth and teeth to ensure they hit their dental milestones on time. Additionally, your dentist can administer any dental care your child may require.

How can I keep my child’s teeth healthy between dental visits? 
Keeping your child’s teeth healthy begins before dental visits become necessary. Parents should wipe babies’ gums with a soft, damp cloth after feeding times and before bed. They should also avoid giving babies a bottle of anything other than water before bed as this could trigger plaque buildup. When your child’s first tooth erupts, begin helping them brush their teeth at least twice a day. When the teeth begin growing close enough together to touch, teach your child to floss at least once a day. Instilling these good habits early can mean a lifetime of good oral hygiene.

Pediatric Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Niskayuna, NY
Your child’s first dental appointment will most likely be more of a meet-and-greet than a dental appointment. The first appointment sets the tone for the child’s dental experiences, making it important to establish that the dentist is fun and not scary. As your child grows and more teeth erupt, regular teeth cleanings help keep their mouths decay-free and prevent gum disease.

For more information on your child’s oral health, please contact Dr. Kent B. Molino and Dr. Todd L. Vaccaro in Niskayuna, NY. Call 518-377-3628 to schedule your child’s dental examination and cleaning today!

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