When a new baby is welcomed to the world, parents are excited and they often wonder when the baby teeth will appear. They may have no idea when their child should see the dentist for the first time and how often regular dental check-ups should occur. Read on to learn more about caring for your children’s teeth.
When should a child visit for a first dental checkup?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children start visiting a dentist every 6 months, by their first birthday or once their first tooth erupts.
Similarly, NHS UK recommends taking your child to the dentist when their first baby teeth appear.
What to expect on child first visit?
Usually, the child’s first visit is very casual, so that child becomes familiar with the clinic environment and gets to know about the dentist. The dentist may advise you on how to prevent caries, especially baby bottle caries, and identify any oral health problems from the beginning. Your dentist may give you information on:
Opening up the mouth for the dentist to take a look at is the child’s big achievement at the first visit. The visit itself usually will not involve any dental treatment unless natal teeth are present and are creating problems during breastfeeding. A dentist will carefully examine your child’s oral cavity to ensure teeth are erupting normally and are healthy.
Your dentist may recommend periodic 6 months dental visits to continue to monitor the health and eruption of your child’s teeth as your little one grows.
Make sure your first dental trip is full of fun and entertainment. This will help the child decrease anxiety and stop worrying about future dental visits.
How to Take Care of Children’s Teeth at Home?
Following Tips & Tricks will ensure your child’s teeth stay protected:
Your child should see the dentist when the first tooth erupts.
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