The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend your baby visit the dentist by the first birthday to establish a “dental home” and provide a comprehensive examination as well as information for parents.
“Baby,” or primary, teeth are important for many reasons. They help the child chew and pronounce words, and their decay can damage the permanent teeth that are already forming in the gums.
At the “Peek-a-boo” visit (before age 2), Dr. Martinez will ask you questions about your child’s habits and home care routines. Next, she will examine and clean your baby’s mouth, evaluating the health of teeth, gums, and the pattern of the child’s bite. X-rays are taken as necessary to answer questions about development. After the exam portion is over, Dr. Martinez will discuss dietary concerns, ways to lessen teething pain, tips for brushing, breast feeding, sippy cup use, and any specific concerns you might have.