When Should My Child Start Seeing the Dentist?
Children’s oral health is all about prevention, and knowledge is really the key to preventing painful and costly dental issues.
A frequently asked question is, “When should my child start seeing the dentist?” The answer is that, ideally, your child should be seen by a dentist by 12 months. In other words, “first dentist visit by their first birthday.”
Children’s Dental Health Issues
Let’s take a step back and unpack where this recommendation comes from.
Did you know that…
- Dental decay is the most common chronic disease in children
- 60% of children experience a cavity in their baby teeth by age 5
- Untreated decay can cause pain and infection that can result in trouble eating, trouble sleeping, trouble focusing in school, and damage a child’s self-esteem
- A simple conversation with a pediatric dentist early in a child life can help foster a lifetime of good oral health
Overall, it’s so important to make sure a dentist examines your child by their first birthday. Prevention is key to helping your child have a happy and healthy mouth as they get older!
What Happens at a Child’s First Dental Visit?
So, you’ve scheduled your child’s first dentist visit…way to go! There’s nothing to worry about; your child’s first dentist visit will be an exciting one, and we’ll help you through each step. Just remember: ensuring a lifetime of good oral health starts at a young age!