Oral health is just as important for infants as it is at any other stage of life. That is why we recommend your child first visit the dentist at 1 year old.
Ensuring your child’s baby teeth are healthy not only fosters good nutrition through proper chewing, it also aids in the development of proper speech. Pediatric dentists are also trained to detect possible tooth decay, which many parents don’t realize is possible for children so young.
Many parents also don’t realize that baby teeth act as a guide for permanent teeth that children later develop, so they are vital to the health and function of their adult teeth.
Our pediatric dentists will be able to examine your child’s teeth and be able to see if there are any potential problems they may face later on. This is one of the most important aspects of the Age One Dental Visit. Additionally, bringing your child in for a dental exam before their first birthday sets the stage for a lifetime of good dental health and a familiarity with the dentist’s office.
There is also the issue of pain. It may be difficult to tell if your child is experiencing any abnormal pain due their teeth, and that pain can cause a of frustration for parents and children. Tooth pain can also be an impediment to learning, acting as a distraction that inhibits your child’s attention span. Luckily, we can identify potential causes of pain so that your child is comfortable and happy.
You may have heard the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This is especially true for dental health! By bringing your child in to the dentist around age one, you can be sure that any potential problems are prevented before they become issues that need to be treated. This saves you time and money in the long run, and provides the security that your child will not face problems with their dental health as they get older.
One of the biggest concerns for your child’s teeth will be the development of caries. This is a common issue that affects young children, and it can be particularly troublesome if not dealt with properly. This can be especially prevalent while a child is bottle or breast feeding, and can lead to tooth decay.
The age one dental visit is also important for parents! One focus of this visit is to educate parents about what they need to know about their child’s teeth so they can provide proper care at home and be aware of the signs of potential problems.
If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us today! We would be happy to speak with you about your child’s dental health and discuss an appropriate plan for them.