Your Child’s Hygiene Exam
From their very first tooth, we welcome babies and children into their teen years and on to adulthood! Your Peninsula Family dental team will make sure we are proactively addressing your children’s dental and oral health needs—and we strive to make going to the dentist a fun, stress-free time. We specialize in a gentle touch and teach you and your child to build good habits from an early age.
At your child’s first appointment, you’ll see how we love kids! We know that frequent, early visits to the dentist help your child build trust and put him or her at ease, especially in the event they need treatment in the future.
Baby/toddler dental care
Did you know?
Baby teeth, also called primary teeth, begin forming at six weeks gestation! At birth, babies have 20 primary teeth that will begin erupting from the gums between six to twelve months of age. Baby teeth are important place holders for permanent teeth and of course support eating, speaking and smiling as baby grows and more teeth begin to erupt. Your child’s baby teeth should be completely in by approximately age three.
Baby’s first appointment
Dr. Duffy would like to meet your baby by his or her first birthday. Whether you want to bring her along to your appointment, or schedule a separate time, it’s up to you. Usually the first appointments are fairly quick and easy, with your little one sitting in your lap to help your child feel comfortable.
We’ll address any concerns you have and discuss:
- Tooth and gum care—and the importance of a good oral hygiene routine for baby. As your child gets older, we will begin gently cleaning his or her teeth so they learn that it can be fun!
- Healthy eating and how to reduce baby’s chances of developing early cavities
- How to handle dental emergencies involving your baby or toddler