Child’s First Dental Visit
There will be many firsts for you to experience with your child and your child’s first dental visit is one of them. The day your child’s first tooth erupts, you may be in tears of joy. But, before you reach for the camera to snap a picture, you need to schedule a dental checkup. Many people assume that a child’s teeth do not need to be checked until they are in kindergarten or until all of the baby teeth have grown in. Excellent dental care along with healthy teeth and gums start at a young age and you can get your child off on the right foot by making sure they have proper dental care the moment a tooth erupts.
Child’s First Dental Visit: When Should I Schedule It?
Even though your child’s first teeth are considered baby teeth and will fall out, their teeth will not start to fall out until about age six. All baby teeth should be replaced with permanent teeth by the age of 12. Caring for primary teeth or baby teeth is vital to ensuring your child’s oral health is in tip-top shape.
A child should visit the dentist by their first birthday or once their first tooth erupts, whichever comes sooner. Our pediatric dentists in Brooklyn can provide your child with exceptional care and teach you how to care for their teeth at the same time.
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The First Visit is More Than Just a Visit
Your child’s first visit to the dentist is more than just a simple visit. In fact, it is a chance for caregivers and parents to learn firsthand how to care for their child’s first teeth. Our dentists will talk to you about how to brush their teeth, how to floss them, tooth decay, gum disease, and more. We will also go over proper nutrition to ensure the teeth remain healthy. If your child is in need of any recommendations at that time, our dentists will make them. Your child’s dental care is customized to meet their needs.
Our Pediatric Dentists Can Detect Dental Issues Early On
Our pediatric dentists can detect any dental issues that your child may experience later on. During your appointment, you may be told to bring your child into our office more often, so that we can monitor the development of their teeth and jaw. In general, children who are at a lower risk of developing cavities and gum disease may only need to be seen once or twice a year until all teeth have grown in.
Tooth decay is a real problem for children, even at a young age. Identifying dental cariesearly on allows for treatment and less invasive procedures. Children’s tooth decay can form rapidly, sometimes in less than six months and usually occurs in the front baby teeth.
Did you know that dental caries can be passed on to children through kissing and sharing utensils? It is important that you remain vigilant and practice good oral health for your children.