When should you kids have their first dental appointment?
This was a question I was asked yesterday, and a question we get asked often. The answer might surprise you.
The American Dental Association recommends for your child's first dental visit to be at the age of 1 or within 6 months after his or her first tooth comes in. That might seem very early but this is as much of a visit for the parents as it is for the child.
The dentist and team can talk to you about how you can help your child avoid dental issues that occur with not having the right information when your child is young.
Its always a good idea to have the child get used to coming to the dentist when there is no discomfort. This way they won't associate discomfort or be anxious every time they see the dentist. When they need help, they will be very comfortable coming to the dentist for treatment.
This give you an opportunity to ask questions about how to care for your child's teeth so you can avoid problems like cavities or oral habits that could lead to treatment.
We have seen and treated children as young as one year at our office. We feel it is a great honor to be the first dentist that a patient sees and we do not take it lightly. What we want to do is to make that appointment as fun and easy as we can so that that little 1 year old will have an easier time in life when they feel like going to the dentist is no big deal and actually kinda fun.
This sets them up for a lifetime without dental anxiety. Hopefully what we do when they are here for their first visit makes the patient feel comfortable to go on a regular basis as older children and adults so problems can be caught early and treated with the least invasive procedures instead of letting fear or anxiety cause them to put off care leading to more invasive dental work.
So bring them in to the dentist early! Its also fun to have a cute picture of your little one sitting in a dental chair to post on Facebook for your friends and family to see.
Dr. Ila Mankad is a general dentist in Brentwood California. She wants to teach patients the not so secret ways of achieving a healthy mouth.