Pediatric Dentistry

How Early Should My Child See The Dentist?

Most major dental problems can be avoided by being proactive with dental health from infancy.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has recommended that children see a dentist by the age of one.  They should see a dentist even earlier if their first teeth are emerging.  This allows the dentist to examine the child’s mouth at the earliest stages of dental development and set good oral hygiene habits. There are many and substantial benefits to be gained by developing a high standard of oral hygiene from the very beginning.  Parents should brush and floss their children’s teeth as soon as they start appearing.  They should teach their child how to brush and floss thoroughly as early as the child can understand.

How Often Should My Child See The Dentist?

The child should become accustomed to regular trips to the dentist’s office for exams and cleanings at an early age.  The recommendations are the same for children as they are for adults.  A semi-annual exam is the best preventative dental practice.  A child’s mouth is constantly changing.  The earlier that potential dental issues are discovered and confronted the more easily (and cheaply!) they can be treated.  The dentist will also provide preventative practices for keeping your child’s teeth healthy.  Your dentist will also educate you regarding common dental problems that children may face such as thumb sucking, teeth grinding, and baby bottle tooth decay.

Regular dental appointments begun at an early age will also help your child establish a healthy relationship with your dentist.  This will help the dentist be familiar with the specific needs of your child.  It will also greatly aid the child in the event that they need more serious dental work done at some point.