We know how crazy your schedule can get. Between work meetings, dinners, errands, and trying to have a life of your own things can get hectic, especially with a child. One thing that tends to get thrown to the back of the list with little ones is taking them to the dentist. Since children aren’t typically born with teeth going to the dentist isn’t as routine as going to their pediatrician. When their little teeth start to become visible you may be wondering, “When is it time for them to start seeing a dentist?”.
The best answer to this question is, you should plan on taking your child to the dentist around 12 months old.
This may seem early to some or late to others so it is important to note this is not a firm date, as each child is different. The most important thing to know is that at this first appointment the objective is to get your child familiar with their dentist and this new environment. This will allow them to be comfortable with visits for the rest of their life. The dentist will also provide you with tools to make sure your child has a healthy smile. Your family dentist will introduce you to products that will help you and give you tips on how to care for those cute little baby teeth.
Typically if your child is no longer using a bottle or does not get food or drinks in the middle of the night you will not need to schedule another visit until around 24 months, this will be determined in their initial visit. After that point you should plan on your child visiting the dentist every 6 months for regular visits. First x-rays will likely happen between the ages of 4 and 6 but that could also change if any issues are present before those ages.
As your child gets older your dentist may talk to you about sealants, ways to prevent cavities and possibly an orthodontic evaluation. There is the possibility that your child may need more extensive work done (cavities filled, root canals) at a younger age, there is no way to really know until your family dentist has a chance to review your child’s dental needs. If your child complains of tooth pain or sensitivity no matter what their age is let us know so we can make sure there are no major issues.
If you have any questions about your child’s dental health call our office today and we’ll be happy to help.
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