When to take baby for first dental visit - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

When to take baby for first dental visit

Posted: Updated:
How old the child is for that first checkup is important. How old the child is for that first checkup is important.
  • NEWSMore>>

  • Stay safe on the road this Labor Day weekend

    Stay safe on the road this Labor Day weekend

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:50 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:50:04 GMT
    More law enforcement officers will be patrolling on the road to stop reckless drivers and to keep the road safe during the busy Labor Day weekend.More >>
    More law enforcement officers will be patrolling on the road to stop reckless drivers and to keep the road safe during the busy Labor Day weekend.More >>
  • Community gathers to reduce crime in Columbus

    Community gathers for Memorial Service, National Prayer Day to reduce crime in Columbus

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:44 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:44:08 GMT
    City leaders, victims of violence, clergies, and about 300 others from the Chattahoochee Valley gathered at the Civic Center on Sunday of the holiday weekend. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson held a memorial serviceMore >>
    City leaders, victims of violence, clergies, and about 300 others from the Chattahoochee Valley gathered at the Civic Center on Sunday of the holiday weekend. Mayor Teresa Tomlinson held a memorial service to stop the violence and reduce crime in the community.More >>
  • Seale, AL residents enjoy return of Labor Day Fair

    Seale, AL residents enjoy return of Labor Day Fair

    Monday, September 1 2014 7:26 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:26:03 GMT
    Residents in east Alabama are rounding up the Labor Day celebration at one of the Alabama's oldest courthouses. The courthouse located in Seale, Ala. is the third oldest in the state. This is the first fair
    More >>
    Residents in east Alabama are rounding up the Labor Day celebration at one of the Alabama's oldest courthouses. The courthouse located in Seale, Ala. is the third oldest in the state. This is the first fair since 2010 when the fair restarted, and it originated in 1980 to raise money to refurbish the old courthouse after it began to deteriorate.More >>
DECATUR, AL (WAFF) -

Rebekah McLaughlin is a pro when it comes to bringing her three children in for a dental visit. Each child will eventually have their own, individual oral health care needs.  This concerned mom knows how important dental checkups can be. 

"I hope that I can teach my children how to brush their teeth, how to floss, and I'm thankful for a dentist that teaches them how to do that so that we can catch issues before they get bigger," McLaughlin said.

How old the child is for that first checkup is also important, according to pediatric dentist, Dr. Marc Masterson. 

"The American Academy about 10 years ago launched the biggest campaign for a first visit that they ever have," he said, "and the campaign was called Dental Home by Age One."

This can be very early, depending on when the child's teeth actually come in. 

"The average age is probably within 6 to 9 months, seeing the first bud come through the gums there," Masterson added.

Why so early?  That visit will be a learning experience for both child and parent, and there are a lot of things parents need to know when it comes to oral health care.

"Another factor for children one to three is they're sometimes prone to traumatic injuries as they are learning to walk and learning to run," said Masterson.

Maintenance on gums will start before the teeth even come in.

"Until they actually have teeth, usually wiping with a cloth, usually at bath time, is very acceptable," he said.

He said to introduce a tooth brush between 12 and 24 months. Until they learn to spit, choose a brand without fluoride - and forget that bedtime bottle.

"That's probably the most important thing we're going to relay to any parent on their first visit. The number one source of all tooth decay for ages 3 and under is called nocturnal or overnight feeding. This is children who will take a bottle to bed," emphasized Masterson.

Easy lessons for parents, so trips to the dentist will be checkups rather than problem solving visits.

Copyright 2013 WAFF. All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.