Most parents want to wait until all the baby’s teeth break through before taking them to the dentist. Is that the right time? Not really. Medical professionals from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend that you take your child to the dentist within 6 months of the first tooth breaking through or by the age of 1 year.
The primary teeth are very important for your child. They not only help your child chew and eat food, but they also aid in speech development. A great smile also boosts the child’s self-esteem.
The baby teeth have a large role to play even if they are not permanent. They lay the basic foundation for the adult teeth and the habit of lifelong oral health.
Taking your child to the dentist regularly and from early on will help you gain healthy habits to maintain your child’s teeth and sets the stage for the child’s oral health for life.
The dentist can help you learn and teach your child proper practices and techniques to keep their oral health in check.
Another compelling reason to take your child to the dentist early is that, as an infant, there is no fear or anxiety for a visit to the dentist. These complicated feelings arise only if you have waited more than 2 years to take your child for a dental visit.
Remember to prepare your child for the visit beforehand to avoid tantrums or anxiety related behaviours. Take your child for your dental check-up first to familiarise them with what happens during a dental visit.