You can take your baby to your own routine check-up, but it is always best to discuss this with your dentist first. This can help the baby to get used to the surroundings. Your dentist will be able to offer advice and prescribe medicines for teething pains, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have. The baby’s own check-ups can start any time from about 6 months or from when the teeth start to appear.
At the first check up, the dentist will examine the mouth, gums and milk teeth and suggest care tips. This is also an opportunity for you to ask them about their views on fluoride supplementation. Fluoride is important in developing strong, decay-resistant teeth – and is found in the water supply. However, if you live in an area with a low fluoride content in the water your dentist may suggest giving your baby fluoride supplements.
If you have any concerns about habits such as thumb or finger sucking and the use of dummies, your dentist should also be able to advise. Some believe that prolonged use of a dummy can actually distort teeth and delay speech development so if you have any concerns now is the time to raise them!
Finally, remember that new mothers are entitled to free NHS dental treatment for up to a year after the birth, so there is no excuse for you to neglect your dental health at this busy time.