You may be pondering this question for quite some time now. So when really is the right time for our children to get their first trip to the dentist? While it is important to continuously monitor your child’s gums and erupted teeth during his or her early months, especially after your baby’s first solid food feeding, Dr. Marshall and most dentists recommend that you bring your kiddo to the dentist after his or her first birthday.
While you’re at it, here are some of the things to expect during your child’s first encounter with the doc.
What Happens During Your Child’s First Dental Visit
Make your child’s first trip to the dentist as enjoyable as possible to help him or her get used to the dentist’s chair. Once you’re all propped up, Dr. Marshall will provide you with specific instructions on how to properly take care of your baby’s teeth. Usually, you get a one-year pass if your child already has switched from bottle to cup and does not need to get fed in the middle of the night. After a year, it is important to have your child checked by the dentist every six months from then on.
Monitoring Your Kid’s Dental Progress
By the time he or she reaches the age of 4, signs of cavities will be checked with the use of x-rays. Meanwhile, the ages between 6 and 12 mean that you have to be extra careful in protecting your child’s teeth since this is the moment when baby teeth get loose for permanent teeth to surface. Sealants are usually recommended for your child during this time. Meanwhile, an orthodontic evaluation usually happens during his or her 7th year.
Early Dental Care in Fredericksburg, VA
Monitoring your child’s dental health early on is the key to maintaining good overall oral health. Call us today at (540) 373-2273 to schedule your child’s first visit with Fredericksburg family dentist Dr. Marshall.