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Did you know that your baby is born with all 20 teeth already hidden under the gums? These primary teeth start emerging between six and twelve months, and typically by the time your child is three, all twenty will have erupted in the mouth.

It is never too soon to establish a healthy foundation for your child’s oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that your baby see the dentist before their first birthday or six months after their first tooth erupts. This will help ensure that there are no developmental problems. The goal of this initial visit is to help your child’s first experience at the dental office be positive and pleasant, setting the groundwork for future visits.

Usually this first visit will last anywhere from 15-30 minutes. It will be a good opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about your child’s oral health. Along with a careful inspection of baby’s teeth, jaw, gums, and bite, you can expect the following:

–How to care for your child’s developing teeth, including how to use fluoride properly.
–How to handle your child’s oral habits such as thumb sucking,
–How to help your child during teething.
–How your child is progressing developmentally.
–How to avoid accidents that could harm your child’s teeth.
–How to use diet to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

It is helpful to schedule the visit early in the day to minimize your child’s tiredness, making them calmer, happier and more cooperative. Please call our Ashburn General Dentistry team today at 703.724.4470 if you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment.