When should I first take my child to the dentist?
We agree with the recommendation of the American Dental Association that children should see the dentist within six months after the first tooth appears but no later than age one. Many parents are surprised that we start so early, but there are a couple of reasons for this.
One of the most important is that we want your little one to get used to the environment of a dental office. It can be overwhelming for a very young child, so we want to give them all the time they need to get comfortable with us. The first visit is meant to be low stress; we’ll give them a ride in the big chair, count their teeth, and let them look in the little mirror.
You can be confident knowing that Dr. Elnahass will never attempt to treat a child if they aren’t ready. These should be positive visits so we can start to build the foundation for your child’s future oral health care.
Of course, we also need to monitor their dental development because baby teeth have the important job of holding a space for the permanent teeth that are already growing in the gums. If a tooth is lost too soon because of decay or infection, surrounding teeth start to shift, resulting in crowding and alignment problems when the permanent tooth finally arrives.
If it’s time for your child’s first visit or you have questions about childhood oral health, please call Blue Bird Dentistry to arrange an appointment.