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When To Bring Your Child to the Dentist
New parents often wonder when they should bring their child to the dentist for the first time. We, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend that you bring your child to meet with our pediatric dentist by age 1 or as soon as their first tooth erupts.
Many people are surprised by this early visit as children have so few teeth at this stage of development. These initial visits rarely involve treatment and are instead designed to help your child become comfortable in the dental office and to help you learn the best ways to care for your child’s oral health and smile as they grow and develop.
It is also important to note the importance of these early visits in helping prevent cavities. Cavities remain the single most common chronic childhood disease — five times more common than asthma and seven times more common than hay fever — and unfortunately, national studies have shown that cavities are increasing in preschool-aged children. Waiting to bring your child to the dentist until age 3 or older is no longer enough to help prevent tooth decay. For this reason, we recommend that you bring your child in by age 1 so that they can begin to benefit from quality care as soon as possible.
Even if your child is older, it is never too late for their dental visit. Older children often participate and learn from their first visit in ways that younger children cannot, and it is never too late to help your child learn good oral habits. Regardless of age, your child’s first dental visit is their first step on a lifetime journey towards good oral health and beautiful smiles.
Give us a call today to schedule your child’s appointment at Pediatric Dentistry and Braces and learn more!