Baby teeth are just as vital and essential for kids as permanent teeth are for adults. That’s why taking your daughter or son regularly to the dentist should be a priority to keep them in good health. But if you are a new parent, you are probably wondering when is the right time to take them for their first dentist visit. Should you take them when the first tooth arrives, or maybe wait for more to grow? What about even before they start growing? Well, the answer might be all of them!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child goes to the dentist by age one or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin growing at around six months of age, so keeping the baby teeth healthy from their first appearance is vital for the child.
The Importance Of Baby Teeth
The first set of teeth of your little ones are necessary for him to learn how to chew and speak correctly, and not having them could affect their right development. They also serve the purpose of saving the space for the child’s future permanent teeth.
A baby tooth remains in the child’s mouth until the one underneath is ready to come, but if they lose one of them too early and the permanent one is not ready to emerge, the space it created might be taken by the teeth on the sides, making the permanent tooth grow into a crowded area, causing a misalignment on the mouth, which might later lead to the need for orthodontics (braces).
What To Expect For Your Kid’s First Dental Visit
Starting their visits at an early age will help them know and trust the dentist and get used to a dental clinic environment, so they won’t be scared in future treatments.
Prevention is key. The first dental appointment will be relatively short, depending on the age of the patient. The dentist will first inspect the teeth for signs of cavities or decay. When there are no teeth, he will look at the gums for teeth about to erupt. At any sign of gum or jaw problems, a treatment might be required.
You can always ask any doubt to your doctor and encourage your little one to do so, too. This will help establish a more comfortable environment and a stable relationship with the dentist.
Questions you should consider asking your pediatric dentist:
- How to prevent cavities?
- What to do if one of his baby teeth falls?
- What should I do if the child has pain from teething?
- How often should we visit the dentist?
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As a parent, making your child’s first dental appointment a good experience can be crucial for starting them on good oral health habits. At The Dental District, our doctors are specialized and trained to treat children with patience and care to make our office a comfortable and safe environment for them. We want them to have little big bright smiles! Schedule your baby’s first dental appointment with us.