The IMPORTANCE OF YOUR
Baby's First Dental Visit
Developing good dental hygiene right from the start is extremely important. In 2015—2016, 21.4% of American children between the ages of two and five had tooth decay. Research suggests that, for each year past a child’s first birthday parents delay booking that first dental visit, the child’s odds of having tooth decay more than doubles.
Failure to properly care for your baby's teeth can result in pain, infection, premature loss of teeth, and impairment of overall health.
For more information on how bringing your child to the dentist before his or her first birthday can help reduce the risk of cavities, see our article on the importance of dental visits for babies.
WHAT HAPPENS AT YOUR
Baby’s First Dentist Appointment
At your baby’s first dentist appointment, we will
- review your baby's medical history and any concerns you have,
- examine your baby's mouth for signs of tooth decay or other dental problems and
- teach you how to clean your baby's teeth and gums.
Catching any dental issues early and learning how to properly care for your baby’s teeth can help your child avoid painful tooth decay and periodontal disease. At Hurst Pediatric Dentistry, our goal is to make every visit to our office a pleasant experience and to keep your child's teeth and mouth healthy and free of cavities.
WHY YOU SHOULD BRING YOUR BABY TO A
Board-Certified Pediatric Dentist
Choosing a pediatric dentist ensures that your baby will receive care from a dental specialist who has been trained to work with children. Unlike family dentists and other general dentists who treat children, pediatric dentists complete a two-year pediatric dental residency program after dental school. During their residency programs, pediatric dentists receive training in areas such as child psychology, child-related pharmacology, advanced diagnostic and surgical procedures, dental trauma, special needs dental care, and child sedation dentistry.
A board-certified pediatric dentist is a pediatric dentist who has completed the additional step of passing the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry’s oral and written exams. Passing these exams demonstrates mastery of advanced pediatric dentistry skills.
Follow the link to learn more about the differences between pediatric dentists and general dentists.
Dental Care for Babies in Hurst, Texas
Dr. Lin is a board-certified pediatric dentist and the owner of Hurst Pediatric Dentistry. He takes a caring, compassionate approach to dentistry and has worked with babies with a wide variety of special medical and dental needs. Call (817) 510-6400 today to book a dental appointment for your baby with Dr. Lin, or request an appointment online.
Hurst Pediatric Dentistry is located in Hurst, TX and provides dental check-ups and cleanings for babies from Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Colleyville, North Richland Hills, Keller, Southlake, Fort Worth and the surrounding area.