Your child’s first routine dental visit should be scheduled by around the age of three. One of the most important reasons for this visit is to familiarize your child with the dental office environment and to ease any anxiety associated with future visits. On this first
visit, a gentle but thorough examination will be performed to monitor growth and development and address any problem areas. If a child has any obvious dental problems before the age of three, he or she should visit a pediatric dentist.
According to the U.S. Surgeon General, tooth decay is the most common, chronic childhood disease in this country. More than 40 per cent of American youngsters experience tooth decay before age five. For parents of infants, a few precautions can help in the early months and years. Clean your infant’s mouth and gums regularly with a soft, infant toothbrush or a cloth and water. Children over six months old should receive fluoride supplements if their drinking water doesn’t contain enough fluoride or none at all. It’s best to wean babies from the bottle by 12 -14 months of age.
Limit between meal snacking and allow children to chew only sugarless gum. Chewing sugarless gum after eating can have a positive impact, because it increases saliva production, helping rinse away sugars and decay-producing acid. Encourage children to floss and brush twice a day and schedule biannual dental checkups.
Early examination provides your child with preventive dental care while establishing healthy dental habits at an early age. Ensure that your child’s future smile is a healthy, confident one. Contact our office with any questions you may have or schedule a dental visit today.