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The ADA recommends scheduling dental appointments for babies as soon as their first teeth erupt, which usually occurs around six months of age, and no later than their first birthday. This is because children become susceptible to tooth decay and oral disease as soon as they have exposed teeth.

Children’s diets affect their oral health and increase the importance of visiting the dentist. Sugary drinks (even fruit juices and breast milk) can result in cavities if your baby’s teeth aren’t cleaned regularly. As your baby grows older, it’s importance to feed him or her a balanced diet of healthy food to keep teeth strong and clean.

Another reason to bring your baby to the dentist is to acclimate him or her to the environment. Exposing children to dental care at a young age will help them feel comfortable going to the dentist, as well as encourage them to cultivate oral care habits. Family dentists like Jennifer E. Taylor can provide you with information on how best to care for your baby’s teeth until he or she is old enough to take over brushing and flossing.

If you have any questions about the oral health of your baby, or you would like to schedule a first-time appointment, contact Jennifer E. Taylor at 513.229.7801 or visit Taylor Family Dentistry in Mason, Ohio. We look forward to helping your baby begin a journey of excellent oral care.