What age should children first visit the dentist?

Getting accustomed to the dentist’s office is a vital part of children’s dental health education, and it’s never too early to bring your child along with you to your visits. However, you should wait to schedule an appointment for your child until the first tooth erupts, or by your child’s first birthday. By this time, your child’s dentist will be able to get a clearer picture of your child’s early oral health development and set a baseline for the child’s future dental care. If your child is older than one, but still hasn’t visited the dentist, then it’s never too late to schedule a first visit!

What happens during this visit?

At such a young age, your child will not need dental treatment or an extensive examination. On the contrary, the first visit is to help your child become acquainted with visiting the dentist. It also allows the dentist to check the erupted tooth and surrounding oral tissues to ensure that everything is okay. If necessary, your child’s dentist can recommend ways to improve dental hygiene at home to give your child a better chance at enjoying excellent dental health for life.

Why do baby teeth matter?

Primary teeth (also known as milk teeth, or baby teeth), are destined to fall out eventually, but caring for them until they do is essential to your child’s proper oral health development. Primary teeth set the stage for your child’s permanent teeth to develop and erupt. As your child’s jawbone and oral structures develop, a healthy set of primary teeth will help ensure that they develop symmetrically and function properly. To ensure this proper development, your child’s dentist can offer a number of pediatric treatments designed specifically to promote healthier primary teeth, including cavity prevention and treatment for children.

Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Your child’s first dental visit can set the stage for a lifetime of excellent dental care. To schedule your child’s visit, call Calcagno Cosmetic and Family Dentistry today at (507) 281-3659. Conveniently located in Rochester, MN, our office also welcomes patients who live in Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, Austin, and all surrounding communities.

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