Many times, parents do not know when it is time for their child’s first dental check-up. The American Dental Association advises that a child should be seen by a dentist immediately following his or her first tooth eruption. As a parent, it is essential to understand what to expect when visiting the dentist with your child.
The First Visit
Although the first visit for a child will involve basic dentistry procedures like a solid mouth exam, it is a great time to introduce your child to the office and the special equipment that a dentist uses. This builds a trusting relationship and eliminates fear for future visits.
The first visit is the perfect time to explain how to maintain a proper oral hygiene routine and answer parent questions. If a child is extremely young, a parent may be asked to hold his or her hand during the examination. After the first visit, the parent may be asked to leave the room so that the child gains confidence.
After a child has reached the age of three, all of his or teeth should be present. Around the age of five, X-rays will be taken.
How Often Should Children Visit the Dentist?
Usually, children should be seen by dentists every six months, However, if a specific issue or problem arises, an appointment should be made. For example, if a child develops a lisp or starts to grind his or her teeth, a visit should be scheduled immediately.
It may be wise to schedule an appointment with a professional who specializes in pediatric dentistry. These individuals have experience working with children and offer kid-friendly facilities that include toys, games, and special prizes for following a good oral care routine.
If you have more questions about when to bring your child to the dentist, contact our office today! We will be happy to schedule an appointment.