Most people think bringing their child to the dentist when they barely have teeth is a waste of time. However, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should bring your child to the dentist soon after their first tooth comes in or at least by their first birthday.
Even though children lose their baby teeth, eventually, those teeth are important while they have them. Their baby teeth help them chew and speak properly, and learning to take care of them can set your child up for lifelong good oral health habits. It’s important to note that baby teeth can still get cavities, so taking care of them is essential to good oral health.
Additionally, these baby teeth hold appropriate space for permanent teeth to come in. Below, the dental team at Veal Dental Care shares the importance of early dental visits and oral health. You’ll also find information on when and how often your child should visit the dentist.
How often should your child see the dentist?
After the first dental visit, your child should see the dentist every six months, just like adults. Like adults, children should see the dentist more frequently if there are dental issues the dentist needs to keep an eye on so they don’t progress into something more severe.
During regular dental visits, your provider can also set the stage for anxiety-free dental visits and good oral health habits for the coming years. Your dentist can help teach your little one how to brush and floss properly and other best practices.
When should your child see the dentist outside of their annual exam?
Regular dental visits are vital to your child’s ongoing oral health. However, there may be times in-between visits when an appointment is necessary. For example, if your child experiences tooth pain that persists, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. Other reasons your child should visit the dentist include:
- If a permanent tooth is loose, wiggly, chipped, or knocked out
- If your child has irritated or bleeding gums
- If your child experiences sensitivity to hot or cold foods or beverages
- If your child accidentally bites their tongue or lip and bleeding is excessive
You should also call your dentist for a visit for any concerns you have regarding your child’s teeth, smile, jaw, or oral health.