Is it time for your child's first dental visit? Tamara Simons, DDS, who practices children's dentistry in Roseville, MN explains when you should schedule that first appointment and shares information on the importance of early dental care.
The earlier the better
Early dental care is the key to protecting and preserving your child's oral health. The American Dental Association recommends that you take your child to the dentist within six months after the first tooth appears or at 12 months of age at the latest.
Why early visits are so important
Early dental visits can benefit your child in several ways, including:
- Identification of Cavities: Young children aren't immune from developing cavities. When you take your child to the dentist every six months, cavities can be identified and treated before they can spread or cause significant damage to your child's teeth. Severe tooth decay can lead to tooth loss in young children. Unfortunately, the premature loss of primary teeth can affect your child's secondary teeth. If nearby teeth drift into the gap left by the missing tooth, there won't be enough room for the secondary tooth. Regular dental visits allow for prompt treatment of cavities and prevent this problem.
- Better Oral Hygiene: During regular visits, your dentist will show your child the proper ways to brush and floss, reinforcing the habits you've taught them at home. She can also offer advice that will make brushing a more pleasant experience for you and your child.
- A Positive Relationship with the Dentist: Dental visits can be scary for young children. When visits to your Roseville, MN, dentist starts at a young age, going to the dentist becomes an expected part of your child's routine, which can help your son or daughter feel more comfortable. Your child's dentist will take the time to make those visits fun and stress-free.
Regular dental visits help your child maintain good oral health. Call Tamara Simons, DDS, who practices children's dentistry in Roseville, MN, at (651) 489-1900 to schedule your child's appointment.