New parents often ask, "When should my child first see a dentist?" Simple answer to this is “when u notice the first tooth”. This is generally at the age of 8 months to 1 year. Such early visits are suggested because toddlers at this age are at the risk of early childhood cavities. Once these develop, the treatment process gets complicated and hence it is strongly recommended to prevent such problems. To prevent early childhood cavities, parents first have to find out their child's risk of developing cavities. But cavities aren't all that parents need to learn about their child's dental health. The age 1 dental visit lets parents discuss:
- How to care for an infant's or toddler's mouth
- Proper use of fluoride
- Oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking
- Ways to prevent accidents that could damage the face and teeth
- Teething and milestones of development
- The link between diet and oral health
After this first visit, the dentist will suggest a schedule of follow-up visits. In the past, dentists typically called for visits every six months. Now, the schedule may vary according to each child's needs and risks. As your child grows, the dental team can help you learn how to prevent common oral problems.