Among Americans that have never taken their child to the dentist, many claim that “their child is too young,” or that the child “doesn’t have enough teeth yet.” This supports the finding that most children across the U.S. do not visit their family dentist until after the age of 2. Whether due to the above-mentioned claims, lack of resources or insufficient insurance coverage, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) asserts that the importance of primary teeth is not fully recognized. These teeth usually begin erupting around six months of age, and as recommended by the AAPD, children should see a dentist by age 1 or within six months of their first tooth emerging.
When it comes to primary teeth, they play a vital role in one’s lifelong oral health. Not only do they help children chew properly and thus maintain good nutrition, they help a child develop proper speech. In turn, primary teeth save ample space for permanent teeth and they encourage a healthy smile.
The Age One Dental Visit
Early childhood dental care shapes the way a child views their oral health as they grow. In fact, children that regularly visit the dentist are more likely to take better care of their teeth as adults. It should also be noted that early dental visits help eliminate common childhood fears associated with dental procedures.
At Precision Digital Dentistry, we make every effort to provide an easy and fun age one dental visit. From the moment they say hello to the “bye-bye wave,” Dr. Joyce Guojun Ma and her caring staff will help your child feel right at home. As parents, you’ll be granted peace of mind, knowing that you’ve placed your child on the road to excellent oral health.
To schedule your child’s dental visit, contact Precision Digital Dentistry in Bridgewater today.