Most of us have either had or know someone that has had a cavity as it’s a fairly common thing in America among adults. But did you know that children are more susceptible to cavities than adults are?
When should my kid first visit the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends your child visits with a dentist when their first tooth appears or at age one. There are many reasons why your dentist and the AAPD recommend such an early start. At your child’s first visit he/she will likely stay on your lap or may be asked to sit in a dental chair depending on their confidence or to make them more comfortable or secure. As your child ages and starts to feel more comfortable in the atmosphere they will learn that the dentist is a fun place and not something to fear.
What to expect at the dentist?
The first appointment is a time where the dentist will obtain more information about your child such as medical allergies or problems. The doctor will then look in your child’s mouth and give the parents information such as oral hygiene instructions, nutrition advice, how to prevent dental decay, what to do if dental trauma occurs and breaking oral habits that could affect the normal eruption of teeth. Even though baby teeth fall out it is imperative to take extra good care of them as they allow for proper nutrition and help permanent teeth know where to grow in jaw.
Special needs children
Parents that have children with special needs (emotional and physical) may be given a recommendation for a pediatric dental office as the dentist has completed two additional years of schooling specifically to learn about children’s needs. The office décor is kid friendly and the dental team speaks to children in a way they understand.
Starting at such a young age will have taught your child the importance of dental care and the importance keeping their teeth as healthy as possible.
An ounce of prevention versus a pound of cure is the goal! Call our office to obtain information on making your child their first appointment!