Dental offices and parents alike differ in their opinions on when a child should first visit the dentist. By understanding your child’s oral health needs, you can make the best-informed decision for your child.
What is the Recommended Age?
Generally, it is advisable to bring your son or daughter to the dentist by the age of one or by the time their first tooth erupts. Whichever happens first! At either point, your dentist will check to make sure that tooth development is on track.
Lower Cavity Risk
In addition to examining your child’s mouth, the dentist will determine his or her cavity risk by asking you some questions. Environment, diet, habits, and oral hygiene all factor into your child’s cavity risk. Your dentist will help you figure out where adjustments can be made to improve your baby’s chances of having a healthy smile for life.
What Else You’ll Learn
Your dentist will also discuss with you things like:
Benefits of an Early Dental Appointment
You will be so glad that you brought your little son or daughter in for a dental visit! It might not sound worth the effort because most small ones are not very cooperative during a dental appointment.
What good can result?
Find out more information on pediatric dentistry by calling your local dental office.
Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
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