Both your Melbourne pediatric specialist and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) state that your child's dental visit should be at one year of age, or at least six months after the first tooth comes in. We encourage new parents, in particular, to visit as early as possible. It may seem absurd to take your toothless little one into a dental office. However, this is a critical time in your child’s development.
Benefits of Early Dental Visits For Your Child
There are many reasons to start dental care early on such as:
- It allows your pediatric dentist to begin monitoring your son or daughter's oral health and development so they can detect any concerns at an early stage.
- It helps your child acclimate to visiting the dentist and to understand that it's a safe and welcoming place. If any dental treatment is ever needed during your child’s development, it can mean the difference between a quick and easy fix and having to get sedated for treatment.
- This is an excellent time to ask questions about your son or daughter's oral development so you can make the most of your routine at home.
- Parent and guardian dental education is also a main focus of these early appointments. Most childhood dental issues can be prevented with the right habits that start even before your child begins to get teeth.
How to Prepare Your Child for The Dentist
You can prepare your child for his or her dental visits by talking about it beforehand in a positive way. Reading books or stories to them about visiting the dentist can also be helpful in preparing them for what's going to happen during their appointment. You might also consider bringing your child along with you to your cleaning and checkup so they can see what visiting the dentist is like.
Contact Our Melbourne Dental Clinic
We are happy to help! Contact our office for more information on preparing your son or daughter for their first dental visit.