There are many milestones in a young child’s life, including the first steps, first haircut, and first day of school. One overlooked but equally important milestone that parents should remember is a child’s first dental appointment.
From teething to losing baby teeth to learning how to take care of permanent teeth is a journey that all children must take. Having an experienced and caring dental team to help you and your child along the way is something that all parents should take advantage of, and we’re proud to offer that service at Willow Chase Dentistry.
Some parents wait until their children encounter problems before taking them to the dentist. However, that can lead to strong negative associations with dental offices and dental work—and those associations can last a lifetime and lead to crippling dental phobias.
Children Should Visit a Dentist Early in Life
Both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that children should visit a dentist for the first time as soon as their first teeth come through and no later than their second birthday. After the first appointment, children should come back to the dentist for checkups every six months.
Early appointments are important for a few reasons, including:
It will familiarize your child with the dentist’s office—Even pediatric dental offices may be intimidating for small children, especially if their first experiences are due to dental complications. First visits are designed to help children acclimate to dentists and learn what to expect when they return.
It helps prevent early oral problems—Children can suffer from teeth-related issues at an early age, and parents often have no way of knowing that complications are developing until their children begin showing obvious and often painful symptoms. Early dental appointments allow dentists an opportunity to perform routine checkups and identify potential problem areas.
Schedule Your Child’s Dental Appointment Today
Willow Chase Dentistry is Sango’s choice for family dental appointments, cleanings, and procedures. We welcome patients of all ages and needs, and we’re always accepting new appointments.
Contact us at (931) 919-2720 or request a dental appointment online today!