Posted by Reading Pediatric Dentistry on May 3 2023, 12:19 PM
As a parent, you know your child best. If you notice any signs of a dental issue, you should schedule an appointment for your child as soon as possible.
Around the age of one, you and your child should begin to see your dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should visit a dentist by their first birthday. This visit can establish your child’s oral health baseline and identify potential early dental concerns. Regular visits every six months can help to prevent tooth decay, as well as identify problems in the earliest stages when they are the easiest to treat. If you miss these early appointments, it can lead to more problems down the road that can be difficult and expensive to fix. These issues may include cavities, gum disease, orthodontic issues that may require braces later on, or other oral conditions that require extensive treatment to correct.
Baby bottle tooth decay is another condition that can affect young children who fall asleep while nursing or drinking from a bottle filled with milk, formula, juice, or other sugary liquids. This condition occurs when a child’s teeth are frequently exposed to sugar-containing fluids for long periods of time during sleep. Repeated exposure causes plaque to build up on the teeth. If left untreated, this can lead to multiple cavities and other complications. Ask your pediatric dentist about ways you can prevent this condition for your child. This may include using a training cup for their bedtime drinks instead of a bottle or even switching to water instead.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist is important for a number of reasons, including:
You are also likely to receive recommendations regarding diet and oral care for your child, and you will also be able to ask questions and get advice about how to care for your child’s teeth at home.
Your child’s first dental visit doesn’t have to be scary! In fact, it’s usually quite the opposite. Children are generally very curious about the dentist and excited about being in the chair. Here are a few things you can expect at the first appointment:
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