What is the Right Age to See the Dentist?
As a parent, you want what is best for your child, including dental care. As your child grows, you may be wondering what age is best for them to have their first dentist visit. At South Hills Dental Art, we recommend that your child has their first dental visit by 12 months of age.
Common Dental Health Issues in Children
Children can experience a variety of dental issues, such as cavities and dental decay. Dental decay is one of the most common chronic dental diseases among children, and when left untreated can result in:
- Trouble eating and drinking
- Trouble sleeping
- Trouble focusing in school
Tooth decay can also result in damage to your child’s self-esteem. Another reason we make this recommendation is that research shows that 60% of children will experience a cavity in their baby teeth by the age of 5.
By having your child examined by a dentist by their first birthday, you can help prevent existing dental issues from getting worse, while also learning how you can help your child establish habits for maintaining good oral health.
What to Expect at Your Child’s First Dental Visit
At your child’s exam you can expect:
- A comprehensive exam and personalized preventative dental health plan
- Guidance regarding your child’s growth and development
- Discussion of thumb sucking and pacifier use
- Prevention and management of your child’s dental trauma
Your child will have their teeth cleaned and will then have a clinical exam performed by the dentist. Once the exam is complete, the dentist will provide you with information, relevant to your child’s age as well as recommendations for your child’s dental care.
The dentist can offer you information on preventing cavities, flossing and brushing techniques, types of toothpaste and toothbrushes to use, and can also guide you about thumb-sucking or pacifier habits and injury prevention for your child. Your dentist will provide you with a prevention plan based on your child’s specific needs and individual risk factors.
Comprehensive Dental Care in South Hills
South Hills Dental Arts is proud to provide patients in the South Hills and surrounding areas with quality dental care and a team of experienced dentists. Schedule your child’s first dental exam today! Contact South Hills Dental Arts for more information!