When Is the Right Time to Bring My Child to the Dentist?
You may know when it’s time to visit your dentist, but it can be a challenge to determine when that should be for someone else. Children are especially difficult because their teeth are continuously growing, making it hard to know the right time to schedule a dental appointment.
Drs. Porter and Carroll believe that the earlier you bring in your child for a cleaning and exam, the better their experiences will be at the dentist in the future. Establishing trust between your child and their dentist will make them less fearful and help them understand why regular visits are necessary.
If you’re still unsure about when you should schedule an appointment for your child, consider these factors before making a decision.
Teeth Require Care as Soon as They EruptYour child’s teeth will start to grow in by six months of age. At the sign of their first tooth, your child should see a dentist for an examination. Because they are so young, and their teeth are still developing, a cleaning and examination for your child will be fairly short, but allows your dentist to establish a dental record and start looking for potential dental issues.
At the very latest, your child should see a dentist by the time they turn one. By then, they will have several teeth which need to be examined.
Early Dental Care Means Preventive TreatmentMany dental issues become complicated because they were not addressed soon enough. While some conditions are genetic or occur due to trauma, many infections are preventable with proper oral hygiene and regular dental appointments.
The earlier your child sees their dentist, the sooner your dentist can detect problems that they may experience when they’re older. If any issues can be addressed, it’s best to take care of them before they progress. Typically, problems with the bite alignment can be detected as early as seven years old. Correcting abnormalities right when they are identified will save you time and money in the long-run.
Your Child Will Love the Dentist from an Early AgeVisiting the dentist is not usually viewed as fun, but children that visit for regular appointments when younger, you have more time to grow accustomed to the unique environment.
Children who start seeing their dentist earlier tend to enjoy coming into the dental office and establish close relationships with the staff. They learn not to be afraid of the treatment rooms and the different tools a dentist may use and will learn the importance of oral health from a young age.
Schedule An Appointment for Your Child Today!Your child can get started on their dental treatment today! Call Drs. Porter & Carroll PC at 215-725-8901 to get started.