Lots of parents wonder if it’s too early to bring their toddler to the dentist. Some parents even conclude that dental care isn’t necessary until their child has adult teeth.
Here’s what you should know before making a decision.
What Experts Recommend
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, babies should see the dentist by age 1 or by the time their first tooth comes in, whichever comes first.
Benefits of Early Dental Care
The first dental visit is as much for you as it is for your toddler. By looking at your baby’s teeth, the dentist can let you know of any areas of concern. You’ll also have the chance to discuss important issues like:
- Baby bottle decay
- Tooth alignment and development
- Safe brushing routine for children
If you get your child into the dental chair at an early age, they’ll be more likely to develop a positive opinion about dentistry. Wait too long, and they could be too scared to cooperate.
Your child’s first experience should focus on introducing them to the dentist and learning the right way to brush.
As your child gets older, he or she will be more likely to cooperate with necessary dental treatment.
A Gentle Children’s Dentist in Malden and Jamaica Plain
Your child’s first dental visit will be a pleasant experience at Atlantic Dental Partners. A relaxed environment, friendly team, and fun prizes will help the visit start and end on a positive note. Our team is equipped with tools to make any dental experience as comfortable as possible for kids.
We’re eager to work with your family to care for your child’s unique dental needs. Call us today to schedule a visit!
Posted on Behalf of Atlantic Dental Partners