“When should I take my child to the dentist?” remains a commonly asked question by parents of little ones. Yet, surprising to some, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that children visit the dentist by their first birthday. This is because early visits to the dentist are about more than detecting cavities. Essentially, these visits help children get off to the best start when it comes to establishing good dental care habits. Equally important, early dental visits allow the relationship between the child and dentist to grow into a trusting one that is positive and not threatening. At Precision Digital Dentistry, we refer to the first appointment as the age one dental visit.
Even for children with very few teeth, the age one dental visit is an important opportunity to assess gum tissues, as well as a child’s risk for developing cavities. Yet, the goal for this visit is to be “fun” for children and informative for parents. The following questions can be answered at the age one dental visit:
- How can I best care for my infant or toddler’s mouth?
- How can I use fluoride properly?
- My child sucks his thumb. Is this okay?
- When should my child give up the pacifier?
- How I can prevent accidents that may cause injury to my child’s teeth?
- What are the oral developmental milestones that I should know about?
- Does my child’s diet really affect his teeth?
We Want To Be Your Child’s Dental Home!
We enjoy children at Precision Digital Dentistry, and that’s why we want to become your child’s dental home. We understand that some children (including parents) are apprehensive about the age one dental visit. We want you to know—Dr. Ma practices gentle, caring dental care, and ample time will be allowed for your child to become acclimated to their new environment.
To put your child on the road to a lifetime of optimal oral health, call Precision Digital Dental today in Bridgewater. We look forward to meeting your family!