Many parents ask themselves when is it the appropriate age to bring in their children to the dentist? The answer to that question is as soon as they reach the age of one.
The first dental visit is more about getting kids used to going to the dentist and educating them about how to care for their child’s teeth. Parents should make sure to prepare their child, go over what will be done and what to expect after the visit in order to help put them at ease before they meet their dentist. We want them to have the best experience possible.
The first dental visit
On the first visit we go over proper oral hygiene techniques (brushing and flossing) and what foods and drinks to limit to keep a strong and healthy smile. As a young child the enamel (outer layer of the tooth) is much more soft and weak, which makes the teeth more susceptible to cavities. This is why we urge parents to bring their children in at an early age.
When your child is between the ages of 4 and 6, expect your kids’ dentist to take the first set of X-rays to check for cavities that may be hidden in between the teeth. Around the ages of 6 and 12, when baby teeth begin to fall out and make room for the permanent teeth (adult teeth).
Your dentist in Chino Hills will probably recommend a sealant, a plastic resin material that bonds to tooth’s chewing surfaces. This is usually placed on the first permanent molars, this helps keep cavity-causing bacteria from getting into the grooves and pits of the teeth. When your child is around age the ages of 7-12 the dentist might recommend your child get an orthodontic consultation. Being able to identify causes of crooked teeth early on helps ensure a beautiful healthy smile later on.
Study’s show that if a person started going to the dentist at an early age, the more likely they are to continue going routinely and have better overall oral health.
If you have any questions or concerns about bringing in your child for a check up in contact Dental Care of Chino Hills at 909-606-9907.