Being a parent, you can read all the books in the world, and it will still leave you with unanswered questions. A question we often hear is, “When do I bring my child in for their first visit?”
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that a child’s first visit be within six months after the baby’s first tooth appears, but no later than the child’s first birthday. Following this, it is not uncommon to hear the argument from young parents of “what’s the point of that if all of their baby teeth will fall out anyways?!” So, let us explain.
Baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, are important too! Tooth decay can occur as soon as your child’s first tooth erupts. If there is decay in the primary teeth, you may risk having decay in your child’s permanent teeth as well. Healthy primary teeth can help your child with chewing and speech. Baby teeth are also space holders for permanent teeth that are growing under the gums. Here at Bright Smiles, we encourage you to bring your child in during one of your cleaning visits. While you are in the chair your child can be as well. This gives them a chance to get familiarized with the atmosphere until they are comfortable enough to have their first official visit. This will give the dentist and hygienist an idea of what your child’s and your family’s specific needs are so they can provide the best care possible.
Remember, everyone has individual needs and that includes oral health needs. Preventative care from your dentist can save time, money and teeth. With that in mind, our recommendation is to bring in your child early and see us often for the best care possible.
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