When should my child start seeing the Dentist?
We receive a number of calls from parents asking questions about children’s dentistry including when they should schedule their first dental visit.
When should I take my child to the dentist?
The Academy of Paediatric Dentistry recommends that a child’s first be seen by a dentist when their first baby tooth appears, approximately at six months of age and no later than one year of age. This may sound too young, but what Dentists on the Gold Coast aim to do at this early stage is desensitising them to the foreign experience of a dental visit. Children often enjoy sitting in the dental chair with you, whilst you get your dental procedure completed, and we can have quick look around their mouth. It is important that we create a positive experience of going to the dentist. By creating a positive experience early, you can facilitate a happy and healthy dental relationship for your child. There generally is no charge for this service; it is our way of investing in your child’s future dental health.
What will happen at your child’s first visit?
A quick check makes sure there are no signs of major problems at this early age. For all patients, young and old, early detection of any dental problem helps to prevent it increasing in severity. What we find to be beneficial for parents is to ask questions during this appointment. Our dental professionals can educate you specifically how to look after your children’s teeth and gums. Developing a good foundation now goes a long way towards having healthy teeth and gums for life and it is the responsibility of the parents at this young age.
Once the children’s baby teeth have all erupted – generally around ages 3-4 it is time to get a full comprehensive check-up. If the child is willing gentle cleaning, polishing and fluoride treatment can be done but we don’t force this.
Do you have any questions for our team of professionals about your children’s dental health? Call us today on 0755312053.