When Should You Take Your Child to the Dentist?

A good dental hygiene regimen is important to having healthy teeth for life. The best way to start a good habit is to begin it early. That means teaching a child good hygiene habits, teaching them good techniques, and getting them comfortable with the dentist as early as possible. That brings many people to wonder when they should take their child to their first dentist appointment. First, you should find a dentist that takes very young children. Make sure that they are accommodating to children under the age of two. Most pediatric dentists are, but some don’t have the staff for it.

What Dentists Say 

Pediatric dentists generally recommend that you take your child to the dentist about six months after their first tooth eruption. Most children begin the process of teething around five months, and the first tooth starts to break the surface around six months. Once the tooth has fully emerged from the gums, it’s said to have erupted. You should take your child to the dentist within six months of that point.

Why So Soon?

 If your child only has one baby tooth, it might seem premature to take them to the dentist. However, the first visit basically serves two purposes. It gets the child acquainted with the dentist so that they are comfortable when they need actually dental care. Also, the dentist will teach you how to take care of the child’s tooth and the teeth that follow. Breastmilk and infant formula are surprisingly sugary substances. That means that they can stick to your child’s teeth and cause dental problems pretty early in life.

If you want to avoid a toddler with chronic tooth pain, you should get in touch with a dentist.

Repeat Visits

The dentist will likely send you home with a dental hygiene plan, a toothbrush, toothpaste, and a recommendation for your next visit. Each dentist is different, though. Some might tell you to come back in six months. As your child ages, if he or she does not have any preconditions for dental ailment, the dentist might recommend once a year. However, early on, they’ll likely recommend every six months because children grow and change so quickly.

Other dentists might recommend that you come back when the next tooth erupts or when top teeth erupt, or some other milestone of development. It’s just important that you get a recommendation for the next appointment.  If you’re unsure, call Steiner Family Dentistry, your Meridian family dentist, to schedule an exam today! Call 208-888-4481!