The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children see a pediatric dentist by 12 months of age or within 6 months after the first tooth erupts. The idea of such early dental visits is still surprising to many new parents. However, national studies have shown that preschool-aged children are getting more cavities.
- More than 1 in 4 children in the United States has had at least one cavity by the age of 4, and many kids get cavities as early as age 2.
- Many children have dental decay by age one, and 50% of children have decay by age 3.
Taking your child to the pediatric dentist at a young age is the best way to prevent tooth decay and cavities. It also helps parents learn how to properly clean their child’s teeth and maintain a lifetime of good oral health.
At Kids Teeth we offer complimentary 18 month and under exams. During these exams the child will sit in a parent’s lap. Positioning the child this way allows both the doctor and parent to see in the child’s mouth. This method also provides additional comfort to the patient.
The most important part of the visit is getting to know and becoming comfortable with the pediatric dentist and his staff. Learning good oral hygiene and at home dietary habits at a young age will help us build trust and rapport with your child while preventing costly dental procedures in the future.