What age should you be going to the dentist?
December 15, 2019
Everyone knows that it is important to care of the smile to enjoy lifelong oral health and wellness. But many parents may be confused as to when their child needs to start seeing the dentist. At Ralph Avenue Dental Care, we assist both children and adults in achieving oral health and maintaining their smile’s beauty. Building a proper foundation is vital with children at an early age, as well as routine visits.
When should my child see a dentist?
The ADA, or the American Dental Association, recommends that patients bring their children to the dentist as soon as their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday. This recommendation is made to encourage parents to educate themselves on how to care for their baby’s teeth. This is an exciting time as babies are growing and changing so fast!
What can I expect during my child’s first visit?
We understand that many children are very nervous and shy when meeting new people. Some children are overwhelmed at the sights and sounds at the dental office. Others are uneasy about having a dentist or dental hygienist in their “personal space.” We take it slow and allow children to be with their parents during their evaluation for comfort. We walk the child through the process and what to expect from their appointment. This is also a wonderful time for parents to ask questions about their child’s oral health.
Recommendations for improving a child’s dental health
- Do not put a child down with a milk or formula bottle at night, as this can increase the risk of cavities on the baby teeth.
- Do not let your child use a pacifier after the age of twelve months, as this can impact the development of the mouth.
- Use a washcloth to wipe the teeth after every bottle and meal to remove food particles that ca contribute to tooth decay.
- Help your child brush their teeth until they can do so on their own effectively. Integrate flossing at a young age as well.
Schedule your visit today!
Ralph Avenue Dental Care of Brooklyn, NY offers six different dental providers in our practice, conveniently located at 2348 Ralph Avenue. We encourage parents to bring their children to the dentist for full examinations and cleanings at the proper age to receive the care they require. Call (718) 531-0300 today and request an appointment.