Dental Tips Blog

Feb
4

When Should Your Child First See a Dentist?

We all want the best for our children. That’s why we take them to their routine health checks, make sure they eat healthy, get plenty of exercise and care for them when they are sick. Taking care of their smile is no different. Medical and dental experts alike recommend that your child should have their first dental check-up at the time their first tooth erupts, or no later than their first birthday.

What Happens at These Visits?

There are 3 primary goals for your child’s first ever dental visit:

  • Help them become comfortable in the dental office
  • Educate you, the parent
  • Screen for conditions that could cause problems later on

When your child is familiar with the dental office, it won’t be as scary for them to have routine, preventive care. However, if you wait until they are in pain – they will associate dental care with discomfort, and not look forward to preventing dental problems in the first place. Preventive visits will teach your child how to eat right, clean their teeth, and stop tooth decay before it starts. Catching problems like small cavities or eruption disruptions can help you plan ahead to keep treatment minimal and more affordable.

As they get older your child will have a cleaning and x-rays in addition to their exam. A fluoride application will also help keep their enamel strong and resistant to cavities in the future. For most healthy children, a visit is recommended every 6 months. If your child has significant needs or special concerns, it may be recommended that they are seen slightly more frequently.

Going to the dentist can be a lot of fun. Help your child start off on the right foot when it comes to a positive dental experience!

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

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