So, I have a question for you….
It is all too common: regardless of when or where, people routinely have questions that they would like to ask professionals. However, sometimes the professional setting is too intimidating.
With this in mind, I hope to answer some of the questions that come up over and over again.
Question #1: At what age should I bring my child to the dentist?
And the answer is…..
It doesn’t matter how you say it, spell it or count it – your child should be in to see a dentist by the age of one.
“WHY? My kid doesn’t even have all of their teeth, so why do they need to see a Dentist?”
Short answer – they don’t have cavities!
The main objective of the YEAR ONE VISIT is to AVOID cavities.
Can’t a dentist fix cavities?
Of course! However, the goal is to avoid them and to keep all teeth cavity free.
If a dental practitioner says you don’t need to bring your child in that early for dental care, it may simply be that they do not see kids that early. Keep trying! It’s worth your effort!
Remember, the objective is CAVITY FREE, not “out of pain”
Now for the disclaimer:
Sometimes, age one is not soon enough. A rule of thumb: your child should have their first dental visit within six months of their first tooth eruption. For example, if your child’s first tooth is in at three months, it is best to aim for nine months.
Here are some of the goals of the year one visit:
- Have a dentist look in the mouth to check development, eruption and sequencing of teeth
- Discuss diet concerns, fluoride, tooth brushing, and family history of dental work.
- It is important to acknowledge that each child is unique and therefore may have different dental issues from other members of their family
Don’t worry if your child doesn’t go for a chair ride, there will be lots of time for that throughout their lifetime .
The year one visit is less about your child and more about YOU. As your child doesn’t buy toothpaste or cook their own food and, generally speaking, has a very limited knowledge of how to brush their teeth (there are advanced kids out there ), it’s more important that YOU, the parent, has the individual knowledge to deal with the day to day oral care of your child. Cavity free is the goal and the year one visit is the first step in achieving it!
Remember, only brush the teeth you want to keep on days that end in “y”…