Most new parents wonder when they should first take their child to the dentist. The answer to this question is “as soon as the first tooth appears”, or no later than the first birthday of the child. Most children are at a risk of early childhood cavities but parents are not aware of it. Majority of the parents are even surprised by the idea of early dental visits and pay no heed to it. However, studies show that one out of every four children in the United States have cavities by the age of four. Children are particularly fond of sweets and candies and this aggravates the process of bacteria forming in the mouth.
Parents need to be educated properly in dental hygiene. To prevent the risk of cavities forming, parents need to learn about the risk of their child developing cavities, and how to ensure the prevention. Taking the child to the dentist at age one makes the parents learn about how to care or their toddler’s mouth. Parents also learn about how to use fluoride, ways of preventing accidents that could damage the teeth and how oral habits such as thumb sucking can cause irregular teeth formation.
New parents also learn about dental and oral health and teething developments of their toddler. A good dentist may often recommend follow up visits. In the past parents were told to visit once every six months, but now it depends on the needs and oral health of the child. Regular visits help prevent common oral dental problems.
To choose the right dentist, parents should look for a pediatric dentist who specializes in dental care of children. Most other dentists are not comfortable working with children and cannot treat them well. Pediatric dentists know how to deal with children and how to perform their treatments. References regarding the dentist are always important, as parents need to know and trust the dentist with their child. It is also important that the dentist is child friendly and extremely knowledgeable about a child’s dental health. A pediatric dentist will also educate a parent about their toddler’s teeth and show them how to care for their children. Children’s dentists should be able to answer any concern of the parents and should be able to handle the child when they are throwing tantrums at the dentist’s office.