How Old is Old Enough to See a Dentist

How Old is Old Enough to See a Dentist from Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics

By: Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics  04/08/2014
Keywords: Dentistry, Orthodontics, Pediatric Dentistry

If you’ve recently had a baby, it’s possible that you’ve thought to yourself, “when should I take him/her to the dentist?” While there is no truly right or wrong answer, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentists and the American Academy of Pediatrics have a number of best practices that you may find to be helpful when deciding when to make your child’s first dental appointment. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children “as young as 12 months old” make their first trip to the dentist. At this early visit, it will be possible for dentists to take medical histories for the child and his or her parents, provide an oral exam, and give a toothbrushing demonstration for parents. Most importantly, when children visit a dentist at a young age it can help them feel more comfortable when they are older and go for their first cleaning/hygiene appointment. Dental professionals feel strongly that bringing your child into the dentist from a very early age can help avoid dental problems down the road. Dentists can also provide insight into what parents should expect when their child begins the teething process. When developing proper dental hygiene habits in very young children, it is essential to remember to keep the process fun. It is especially valuable to turn the brushing process into an enjoyable pastime, so that children look forward to brushing as opposed to avoiding it. Buying exciting looking toothbrushes featuring characters that your child already likes is a great way to get them into brushing. Experiment with different kinds and flavors of toothpaste, as well. Once you find one that’s particularly tasty to your child, you’ll likely find that they’re even more excited to get those teeth cleaned up on a regular basis. Lastly, remember how observant your children can be. If they see mom or dad demonstrating fearful or avoidance behavior when it comes to the dentist, they may develop the same emotional responses. Try to be encouraging of your children about the importance of the dental visits, even if it they are something you do not look forward to! As always, if you have any questions regarding maintaining proper oral hygiene for your child, get in touch with your dentist. About Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, the offices of Drs. Delaney, Plunkett, Ralstrom, Makowski, Thanasas, Ker, and Associates Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics has specialized in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics since 1968. Our family-friendly office gives patients and families a more comfortable and consistent experience with dentistry from the very beginning. The pediatric dentists treat children from newborn to 18 years of age while our orthodontists provide care for both children and adults, including being an Invisalign preferred provider. The ability to treat all special needs patients reaches beyond our facility, which has treatment rooms available for children who require additional privacy. Valued hospital affiliations allow dental services to be performed at DMC Children's Hospital when needed. Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics 39400 Garfield Rd., Suite 200 Clinton Township, MI 48038 586-286-0700 www.mychildsteeth.com

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