At What Age Should You Take Your Child to a Pediatric Dentist?

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Every child deserves a happy and healthy smile.  As a parent, we know that you’d love nothing more than to build a healthy and safe environment for your kid(s).  There may be lots of changes taking place in your child’s mouth as he/she grows. And as a parent, you’d want to make sure that your child receives exceptional dental care and treatment from a pediatric dentist who makes him/her feel extremely safe and comfortable. Your child deserves specialized attention – which is why you should schedule a consultation with a children’s dentist. But – when exactly should you start taking your child to a pediatric dentist? If that’s what you’re wondering as well, trust me when I tell you – it’s one of the most commonly asked questions today. Let’s look at the answer.

At What Age Should You Take Your Child to a Pediatric Dentist?

Wondering when to take your child to a pediatric dentist?  Here’s the answer: According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, parents should schedule the first appointment for their kid(s) within six months of their first tooth erupting from the gum or their first birthday – whichever comes first. “If you see a tooth, it’s time to take your child to a toddler dentist.” 40% of children have tooth decay by kindergarten. At the same time, over 16% of children in the 6-19 age range are subject to untreated cavities.  By taking your child to a children’s dentist early, you’ll be able to make sure that you’re catching any potential developing conditions early. And if there are any problems, either the pediatric dentist will choose to monitor it or build a strategic roadmap to treat the condition – which will help you avoid any future dental complications. Children’s dentists hold great expertise in diagnosing, monitoring and treating, and tracking dental injuries, tooth decay, and other issues as the child grows.  Usually, children’s first tooth will erupt from the gum by the time they are six months old. However, if that’s not the case, we don’t want parents to wait until that happens. Don’t wait until after their first birthday to schedule an appointment.  If you find any issues in your kid’s mouth like lesions, white spots, or bleeding, head over to a pediatric dentist straight away. After your first visit, it’s advisable to take your child to the pediatric dentist twice a year – every six months. This will help the pediatric dentist build an excellent relationship with your child and will be able to provide better dental care as your child grows and matures.  And if required, the pediatric dentist may refer your child to an orthodontist – who is a teeth movement specialist. 

How Old is Too Old for Visiting Pediatric Dentists?

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one should seek pediatric care until he/she turns 21. Visiting the same pediatric dentist until 21 will help you make sure that your child receives great dental care -as the pediatric dentist will have deep knowledge of your child’s oral history and will be able to assist you brilliantly. And once your child hits 21, he/she may shift to traditional dental practice. 

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