Many parents are unsure of when to first take their child to the dentist. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should begin visiting the dentist as early as six months old and no later than one year old.
An early dentist visit can help you ensure that your child’s teeth are growing in correctly and they are not facing any tooth decay. It’s also a great time for a dentist to educate you on how to properly care for your child’s teeth.
At your child’s first dentist appointment, you can expect a dentist to evaluate your child’s mouth and determine whether their teeth are growing in properly. Although x-rays are unlikely, a dentist may perform a brief cleaning. Fortunately, pediatric dentist offices make an effort to create a fun environment for young children and will work with you to ensure your child’s experience is pleasant.
After your child has visited the dentist for the first time, it’s important to schedule regular appointments for them every six months. As your child gets older, these appointments will become longer and include x-rays as well as comprehensive exams and cleanings.
Caring for the Teeth of Babies and Toddlers
Before your child begins teething, you should take a warm, wet washcloth to remove any food or debris from formula and prevent bacteria buildup. You can also invest in a baby toothbrush to clean their baby teeth twice a day.
For more information on dental care for young children, don’t hesitate to reach out to Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.