Your child’s first dental visit marks a milestone as they get acclimated to the dentist’s office. Family dentists start teaching children good dental hygiene habits at an early age. Most family dentists recommend that children see a dentist by their first birthday.
At What Age Should You Schedule the First Visit?
The best way to determine if your child needs their first visit is by looking at their primary tooth buds, which usually start appearing at the age of six months. Dental caries or cavities in children’s primary teeth are prevalent in 42% of kids aged 2 to 11 years. The essential factors to consider are your child’s age and the state of their teeth and gums. Early visits instill a lifetime of healthy oral habits that children can learn from family dentists.
As a parent, it’s essential to ensure that all your children receive the best care possible. While there is no set age that dentists recommend starting with, many parents begin taking children to dentists at a young age. Your child needs a dental visit at the first sign of a tooth coming through. Your child may follow a schedule of regular visits to the dentist, starting with an appointment every six months and changing as they age. Establishing a good rapport with a dentist helps build a child’s trust and confidence in the dentist’s office.
Frequency of Visits
Your child will need regular dental exams throughout their early years to monitor their oral health and identify any potential problems with their teeth or gums. Children aged one to six should visit the dentist once every six months and once a year for those between 6 and 10 years. The AAPD recommends that all children receive dental care from an early age because it reduces dental problems that could affect overall health.
What Happens During These Visits
Family dentists can remove any plaque and tartar buildup on your baby’s teeth. During these visits, family dentists check teeth for cavities, provide treatments if needed, remove any plaque buildup, and check for signs of tooth decay or other issues affecting oral health.
It’s never too early to take your child to the dentist. Nevertheless, the earlier your child begins a good oral hygiene regime, the better. Call us for guidance and to schedule your child’s first dental appointment today.