Find out when your child should start getting dental checkups regularly.
Your little one is really growing up. It seems like only yesterday they were crawling, but pretty soon you are running around the house just trying to keep up with them. As your child continues to grow and reach new developmental milestones, it’s important to also keep track of health milestones as well. This means scheduling their very first appointment with A pediatric dentist. So when should your child start seeing the dentist?
The First Visit
Simply, your little one should have their first dental visit by their first birthday or within 6 months of getting their first tooth! If their teeth have come in earlier, however, you will want to bring them in sooner. Also, if your child is at an increased risk for childhood cavities due to prolonged bottle use and/or irregular brushing at home, they should also see a pediatric dentist before the age of 1.
With more than 25 percent of US children experiencing a cavity by the age of 4 years old, it’s never too early to start seeing a dentist for routine cleanings and exams. Though cavities are always a concern we look out for, there are other issues we could also address during their first visit, including:
- Oral habits
- Fluoride treatments
- Dietary habits
- Dental development
The first dental visit will help to establish rapport with your child and to make sure their teeth and gums look healthy and to also ensure that your child's teeth are coming in properly. The first visit is always pretty easy. If we notice plaque, we will also perform a light cleaning to remove any debris or buildup. We will also talk to you about when your child should have a follow-up visit with us. It’s recommended that they see their children’s dentist every six months for treatment, but if your child has cavities or other risk factors we may recommend that they come in more often.
Is it time for your child’s first dental visit? The sooner you can get your little one acclimated to seeing the dentist, the easier these trips will be. Schedule your child’s dental exam and let Dr. Jaclyn Bae give your child the gift of a healthy smile.