When Should I Make My Child’s First Dental Appointment?
Their First Birthday
The best time to take your child to the dentist is either at the age of 1 or within 6 months of their first tooth erupting from the gums. The first visit is more about getting your child used to being around a dentist and sitting in a dental chair. This will help reduce their fear and make them more comfortable with dental procedures if needed in the future. It is also beneficial to parents to take young children to the dentist because it will allow them to learn how to care for baby teeth as they appear.
Prevention is the Name of the Game
Regular six month check-ups and cleaning appointments should begin around two years of age. As your child gets older, it is important to keep up with an oral hygiene routine. The most important time for good oral hygiene practice is when they are between 6-12 years old; prevention is the name of the game. The dentist will suggest sealants to prevent cavities on chewing surfaces. Sealants help in aiding with the prevention of early cavities.
Here at Pearl Family Dentistry we like to see children after they have been to a pediatric dentist or are around the age of 7.
When your child is around the age of 7 the dentist will suggest an orthodontic evaluation. Even though most children wait for braces until they are in their teens; when it comes to modifying jaw growth, putting braces on at a younger age may lead to a shorter time that they need to be worn.
The basic idea is to brush twice a day, floss daily, and take them to their regular hygiene appointments. This will set your children’s dental health and smile to be beautiful all their life.
The dental practice of Dr. Badwalz,is located at 3178 Collins Drive in Merced. He has been active in the Merced community since 2009. Make sure to visit Pearl Family Dentistry at DrBadwalz.com or you can also find us on Facebook if you’d like to join in on the conversation there. Call us today 209-383-6133 to make an appointment for your six-month check-up or to finish your treatment.