At what age should I first bring my child to the dentist?
We all want our kids to have the healthiest start in life, so it’s important to remember that their oral health care is just as critical as routine medical visits. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that you start bringing your child to the dentist when their first teeth appear or at least by their first birthday.
You may wonder what oral health needs we could possibly need to address at such a young age. After all, baby teeth fall out, so what’s the big deal? This is a common mistake in thinking, but the truth is that we protect baby teeth to ensure that permanent teeth develop correctly.
Baby teeth act as placeholders and make room for permanent teeth. If they are lost too soon because of decay, adjacent teeth start to drift into the space causing misalignment issues and other dental problems.
An essential part of these early visits is helping you understand what you can do to help your child enjoy a healthy smile. We will answer your questions and educate you about the proper way to help your child brush and offer tips about habits like bottle feeding and thumb sucking.
If it’s time to arrange your child’s first visit or you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call Lakeside Dental, and we will be happy to arrange an appointment.