As a new parent, you have a lot of your plate: sleeping routines, diaper changes, pediatrician visits and surviving the first stressful year with a new baby. By the time your baby celebrates his or her first birthday, you should start thinking about their dental care.

Here at the offices of Dr. Andrew Mohlman, a dentist who specializes in the youngest of patients, we can help your baby get started with the right type of dental care to develop strong teeth and prevent cavities. We are a top provider of pediatric dentistry in Kennewick, WA, and we are ready to answer your questions about your child’s teeth.

Here are some tips to follow when you are ready to schedule your baby’s first dental visit.

When to Schedule

Studies have shown how starting a dental routine early in life can help prevent childhood cavities. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should schedule your baby’s first dental visit by age one or within six months of seeing the first tooth.

What to Expect

At your baby’s first trip to the dentist, Dr. Mohlman will discuss your child’s oral health and habits. Parents can hold their baby in their lap as the dentist examines the child’s mouth. In some cases, your baby may get a teeth cleaning at this first visit.

Baby Oral Health Routine

Dr. Mohlman typically discusses proper oral health routines to parents at this first visit. He may show you ways to help keep your child’s teeth clean and strong. He may also offer advice about thumb sucking or trauma prevention.

Good Starting Habits

Besides learning about the easiest and most effective teeth cleaning habits for your child, you may also get information about how your baby’s teeth will develop. Pediatric dentists may also give advice about diet and nutritional choices to support a healthy mouth.

Early preventative care for your child is essential to keep his or her teeth growing healthy and strong. Contact Dr. Mohlman today for your child’s first consultation and learn about how to get started with the best oral health routine.