When to Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Visit
In order to avoid carries, it is important to schedule your child’s first dental visit early enough to take preventative action. This is why the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking children to the dentist every 6 months starting from the eruption of the very first tooth (and by age 1 at the latest). Here is some more important information regarding your child’s first dental visit.
Why You Should Choose a Pediatric Dentist
Most parents take their children to a pediatric doctor. This is because pediatric doctors are specifically trained to deal with ailments that affect children and to interact with kids. The same is true when it comes to dentists. Pediatric dentists have received up to two years of additional training specifically designed to help interact well with kids and to meet the specialized dental needs of child dental care. A general dentist simply does not have this extra training.
Why Start Seeing the Dentist from the First Tooth?
The fact is that a pediatric dentist is in the best position to help you and your child to have a proper oral care routine at home. A pediatric dentist can assist you to know how to brush and floss your child’s teeth until he or she is old enough to take over. Then the dentist can assist your child to understand the importance of this proper routine as well as provide technique advice.
Cleanings every six months help to prevent cavities by clearing away tartar that can’t be removed at home. Plus, regular checkups also ensure that any problems are caught and corrected early. This combination of preventative and restorative care helps to keep larger dental issues at bay and provides your child with the right dental environment for permanent teeth (which seem to arrive in the blink of an eye).
The Right Pediatric Dentist Can Make a Difference
BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry has preventative care at the heart of our philosophy. We believe that by making the dentist’s office fun for kids, out highly-trained pediatric dentists are in a better position to teach children valuable dental hygiene lessons and provide the basis for a lifelong happy smile. To schedule your child’s first dental visit, please call 619-741-1500.