Dental Tips Blog

Jun
23

Is It Too Soon for My Child’s First Dental Appointment?

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:

  • Oral habits (thumb sucking)
  • Oral/facial trauma common to children
  • Normal tooth development
  • Providing adequate oral hygiene care

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?

  • Prevent your child from developing excessive dental anxiety
  • Children will eventually get used to the dental office routine
  • Every future visit will get easier
  • Spare your child costly and painful dental problems later on by laying a good foundation

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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