Shipp Family Dentistry

How soon should I take my child to the dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends that a child see a dentist when his or her first tooth appears, or around the age of one. Not only will we take the opportunity to see a child that age to acclimate him or her to the dentist office, but we will also do a quick check to see if there is any sign of decay or developmental issues.

We also like to spend some time with parents to ensure that they understand the best way to approach home care for their children. It can be a challenge to brush the teeth of wriggling toddler, and we will have some tips to make the process a bit easier.

We will also spend some time talking about the importance of a healthy diet when it comes to your child’s oral health.

Regardless of whether you think your child will be fearful of the dentist, it’s always a good idea to give kids a chance to process the expectation of what it will be like to visit the dentist. Bring your children with you to your appointments to get them accustomed to the sounds and smells of the dentist’s office. Talk about what will happen when they visit. Knowing what to expect can alleviate potential fears.

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