First Dental Visit - Age 1 is the Magic Number
Parents want the best for their child but are often surprised when told their child should have the first dental visit by age 1. Is this too early? No, many things can happen before a child reaches age 2.
- Even before teeth come in, bacteria build up along the gums after feeding.
- Once teeth start to come in, bacteria accumulate on the teeth and can cause cavities before a child’s second birthday.
- A child learning to walk can fall and injure teeth and gums. This experience can be stressful if the child does not already have a pediatric dentist.
Benefits of having first dental visit at age 1.
- Parents learn good practices that include wiping along the gums after feedings and brushing with a toothbrush as soon as teeth start to come in.
- Child forms a positive relationship with the dentist during a well-visit appointment and has a “dental home” to go to should anything happen.
- Parents learn how to spot a potential problem and prevent it before it becomes one.
These parents are confident in the knowledge of the best care of their child’s teeth and how to keep them cavity-free.
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