Regular trips to the dentist make sure children are on the right track of dental development. The state of growth of their first teeth will significantly affect how their permanent teeth will erupt, which means parents need to tend to their children’s professional dentistry needs, even if the teeth they currently have are bound to fall off. But, how soon can parents take their children to the place even some adults still fear?
In as early as one year of age, according to dentists from WarrendaleDental.co.uk. They say that the optimal time to bring kids for their first dental check-up is within six months of their first tooth’s appearance.
The trip is usually short and involves minimal treatment, if any. A child’s first meeting with the dentist allows them to acclimate to the family’s chosen practice and establish a familiarity with dentistry in general.
Paediatric dentists have two additional years of training beyond dental school, equipping them with knowledge in managing and treating a child’s developing teeth. They are also knowledgeable on child behaviour, physical growth, development and other needs.
Of course, non-paediatric dentists are also capable of addressing a child’s oral health care needs, but chances are dental practices geared toward serving children would be more welcoming and appropriate for a child.
Unless there are any substantial issues, a child’s first visit to the dentist will involve more interaction for the parents. The dentist will provide them with pointers on maintaining their child’s oral hygiene as well as preventing cavities.
The dentist may inquire about common habits during this stage of development, such as thumb sucking, tongue thrusting and lip sucking, and provide advice to parents on how to correct such damaging behaviour if it arises.
Toddlers have a limited grasp on what is happening around them, which puts great responsibility on parents to maintain and monitor their child’s oral health. The first trip to the dentist may not involve any corrective procedures, but such is the exact goal of early, regular trips to the dentist.