You might be wondering when you should take your child to the dentist for the first time. The answer is simple. When you see your child’s first tooth, that’s the time you want to make your first appointment for Anaheim pediatric dental care from Dr. Darren Chu. You may not think you need to worry about your child’s teeth when they’re that young, but there are many things you may be doing that could signal the start of tooth decay.
If you put your baby to bed with a bottle, you probably don’t realize that the sugar in breast milk and fruit juices can sit in your baby’s mouth and cause premature decay of your child’s baby teeth. And if that happens, it could end up causing decay in the upcoming permanent teeth. Thumb sucking, pacifiers and especially teething can cause pain in your child’s gums. You can use cold teething rings to help, but that’s also another time when you can depend on our Anaheim pediatric dental care expert to do a dental checkup for your infant.
Teaching your child to brush his teeth is something you should do very early on. The sooner your child learns to brush his teeth properly, the more that habit will stick throughout his life. Humming a nursery rhyme or Happy Birthday while brushing will help make sure your child brushes long enough and it also adds some fun to the process. If you’d like our Anaheim dental hygienist to show your child the proper brushing techniques, we’ll be happy to set up an appointment in our Anaheim dental office and show him what to do.
The main thing you want to remember is that it’s never too early to bring your child in for Anaheim pediatric dental care. The sooner we catch any developing problems, the faster we can fix them and avoid bigger issues as your child gets older. Give Dr. Chu’s dental office a call at 714-637-8003 and we’ll be happy to setup and appointment for your child’s first dental checkup.