Is It Time For Your Child To See The Dentist?

shutterstock_188519291Scheduling your own dentist appointments is fairly easy, but many parents aren’t sure when it’s time for their child to see the dentist. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), your child should see their dentist around age 1 or within 6 months of their first tooth erupting. Don’t panic if you have a toddler who hasn’t been to the dentist yet – just give your dentist a call to schedule their appointment! Don’t worry about how your child will handle the appointment, the first appointment is typically easy (with little cleaning involved). Your dentist will make sure your child is as comfortable as possible!

Preventing Cavities In Children

Cavities are becoming increasingly popular among children. It could be all the sweets they get their hands on or maybe their oral hygiene habits – or both. Regardless of the cause, we know that cavities can be prevented entirely – it just takes knowledge, dedication, and practice.

Preventing cavities in children is often more difficult than adults because they can’t quite clean their teeth as efficiently – yet, anyway. But, forming good oral hygiene habits at an early age is the best place to start! Even though it may seem difficult to get your toddler to brush their teeth – don’t feel discouraged, there are several things you can do (and your dentist may help you, too) to make sure those pearly whites stay clean.

When it comes to your child’s oral health – here’s the bottom line; preventive dentistry is beneficial, no matter your age. Make sure they’re consuming a healthy diet (avoiding as many sugars as possible), regularly visiting their dentist, and practicing good oral hygiene – and they’ll have a much easier time avoiding cavities and tooth decay.