As a parent, you have a big impact on how your child approaches oral health now and in the future. There are number of things you can do to help your child get started on the right track when it comes to oral care. It starts with the things you do with your child every day. Brushing, flossing, and good nutrition are all important elements of providing your child with a foundation for good oral health. The other key element is to get your child regular dental care. If you are just starting to explore dental care options for your child then you likely have some questions. Getting answers to those questions can help you feel confident about scheduling your child’s first dental visit.
When do children need to start going to the dentist?
It can be confusing to determine when to take your child to the dentist for the first time. Is it necessary to get dental care for your child’s teeth before they all grow in? Is it necessary to get care for baby teeth that will eventually fall out anyway? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time within six months of getting their first tooth or by their first birthday. This recommendation is important for a couple of reasons. Getting your child to the dentist soon after his or her first tooth will help the dentist make sure that there are no immediate problems. If there are, you can take quick action to correct those problems. Getting into the dentist early on also helps your child get used to the dentist and understand that routine visits are a normal part of life.
How often do kids need to go to the dentist?
The basic recommendation for taking your child to the dentist is every six months. This is a simple timeframe to remember because it aligns with the recommendations for adults. There are some situations where children need to go to the dentist more frequently. If your child has some type of oral problem then your dentist may recommend more frequent visits.
What happens when you take your child to the dentist?
At your child’s first visit to the dentist, the dentist will look at teeth placement, health, and issues with gums or jaw. There are some oral problems that can be addressed early on and prevent bigger issues in the future. If you have any concerns or questions you can discuss those during your child’s first dental appointment. The aim for the first appointment is to make sure there are no issues and provide your child with a positive experience at the dentist.
Getting answers to your questions about children’s dentistry will help you get your child’s oral care off to a good start. Starting young with routine dental visits is a key component of helping your child maintain good oral health for a lifetime. At Coral West Dental, we love helping children develop a positive relationship with the dentist and the process of caring for their teeth. You can schedule an appointment for your child online or by phone.