New parents often ask, “When should my child first see a dentist?”
The short answer is “First visit by first birthday” or sooner if there are any concerns.
The purpose of the age 1 dental visit is to learn about your child’s oral health and how to best care for your child’s unique needs before any problems occur. Many dental problems can be prevented or more easily treated in the early stages. It’s important to find a dentist you trust and an office where you feel comfortable. At this first visit, you will get your questions answered and start to build a relationship
To prevent early childhood cavities, parents first have to find out their child’s risk of developing cavities. They also need to learn how to manage diet, hygiene and fluoride to prevent problems.But cavities aren’t all that parents need to learn about their child’s dental health.
The age 1 dental visit lets parents discuss:
- How to care for an infant’s or toddler’s mouth
- Ways to manage the risk of developing cavities
- Oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking and soothers
- Teething and milestones of development
- The link between diet and oral health
- How to respond to potential traumas