So your little one’s got a full set of chompers now and it’s time he or she joins the ranks of people who eat solid foods. It’s also time to learn great oral care habits that will ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Your child’s first dentist visit should be before his or her first birthday or about six months after the first baby tooth has come in. Often, the first visit is really just an icebreaker to introduce your child to the dentist and the process of seeing one regularly. After that, children should continue to see the dentist every six months, just like adults.Infant with teething toy
Some parents argue that since baby teeth are going to fall out, anyway, there’s not much point in taking care of them. This is a big mistake, because the permanent teeth are developing just beneath those baby teeth, and the dentist is able to ensure that everything’s growing normally. Also, bringing your child to the dentist early acclimates your child to the dental office, and reduces the fear and anxiety of going, which prevents many adults from going as often as they should.
While you certainly can take your child to your own dentist, taking them to a pediatric dentist has some added benefits, especially if your child’s a bit nervous. First of all, they receive additional formal training that includes two additional years of training for treating infants, children, teens and children with special needs. Also, a pediatric dentist is dealing with young patients every day, so they know how to make sure your kiddo’s comfortable while still giving effective treatment. There are also more children in the pediatric dentist’s office and often, the office will have toys, video games and other kid-friendly features to help your little one relax.
Instilling good oral hygiene habits in your child early will ensure that they keep those good habits well into adulthood.