Are Early Childhood Dental Visits Important?

Your child’s primary teeth begin to come in just a few months after their birth. By the time your child reaches their first birthday, they should have their first tooth!

As your baby begins to get those first teeth in, you might be wondering when their first dental visit should happen, or whether or not early childhood dental visits are  important. Here’s why you should get your little one used to the dentist early, and how it can help support a healthy smile as they grow!

Ensure Proper Tooth Development

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that children visit the dentist at least once by the age of one [1]. By this time, your child should have their first tooth and your dentist can ensure your baby’s teeth are developing properly and that no issues are present that could be causing your baby any problems outside of the normal teething discomfort. As soon as children have teeth, they are at risk for tooth decay!

Prevent Early Childhood Tooth Decay

Childhood tooth decay is common, with 41 percent of children ages 2-11 having at least one cavity in their primary teeth [2]. Although primary teeth will eventually fall out to be replaced by permanent teeth, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep their baby teeth healthy.

Primary teeth that have been affected by tooth decay can impact the health of the permanent teeth. Teeth that need to be extracted prematurely can impact the alignment of the adult teeth coming in, and bacteria from existing tooth decay could even impact the health of the permanent teeth as they erupt.

When you keep up with your child’s early dental visits, you reduce the chances that they would experience a cavity and keep their smiles healthy to ensure proper tooth development!

Encourage Good Oral Health Habits

Not only do early childhood dental visits help get your child used to the dentist—therefore minimizing the chances that they’d develop dental anxiety as they get older—but they also encourage your child to take care of their teeth as they grow and get them excited about dental health.

A good pediatric dentist will teach and encourage your child to take care of their teeth and gums [3]. These early visits will support your little one as they become more independent and begin to manage more of their oral care on their own.

Has Your Child Seen the Dentist Yet?

If you haven’t already, consider scheduling an appointment with a kid friendly dentist to evaluate your child’s smile. From getting your kids used to the dentist to ensuring proper tooth development to preventing cavities, it’s hard to understate the importance of your dentist in your children’s oral care!

Sources:
1. https://www.ada.org/en/press-room/news-releases/2017-archives/march/aapd-and-
2. https://www.aapd.org/globalassets/media/policy-center/year1visit.pdf
3. https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/oral-health/Pages/Why-

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