The importance of maintaining healthy primary teeth, also known as “baby teeth,” is sometimes overlooked, even by the most well-informed parents. Primary teeth aid in the child’s ability to chew and speak properly. Even though these teeth are temporary and will eventually fall out, the primary teeth are the placeholders for permanent teeth. Their development can impact a child’s smile for the rest of his or her life. In addition, an untreated cavity that forms in a baby tooth can, if given enough time, cause decay in the underlying adult tooth.
The American Pediatric Dental Association recommends that children should be seen by age one, which is generally when their first teeth begin to erupt. During this first visit, Dr. Haag will check the teeth for signs of tooth decay or other problems. Issues such as thumb-sucking can be addressed. They can also demonstrate the best methods for caring for primary teeth and recommend appropriate products. Instilling good habits early on prevents problems in adulthood.
Most importantly, a first visit helps familiarize children with the dentists, their staff, and the workings of the office, helping to make them feel safe and comfortable during future appointments.