Many parents often ask our office the same question: when do I bring my kids in for his/her first visit? Starting proper dental maintenance at a young age is crucial to ensuring lifelong oral health. Many people assume the first visit doesn’t happen until their child is a toddler or even older. After all, do baby teeth, which eventually fall out, really need a lot of care? The fact is that the first visit should happen the moment the first tooth arrives.
Your Child’s First Visit
Typically, the first baby tooth erupts around age one. When this occurs, you should schedule an appointment within the next six months. The initial visit usually doesn’t involve treatment. Instead, our doctor will exam your little one’s mouth to make sure the teeth are erupting properly. The doctor will also watch for any signs of developing dental problems.
The Importance of Checkups and Cleanings
Once your child reaches the age of three, the American Dental Association recommends routine checkups at least twice a year. The dentist may also perform cleanings during these visits if they are deemed necessary. Regular checkups and cleanings boast a number of potential benefits, including:
- Identifying tooth decay and misalignment in the earliest stages
- Removing plaque buildup to reduce the risk of tooth decay
- Regular visits can reduce dental anxiety in children
- Regular checkups allow the dentist to instill good dental habits
Dental Sealants and Fluoride Treatments
During an exam, we may discover that your child is particularly susceptible to developing tooth decay. To strengthen your child’s natural defenses against cavities, we may recommend two simple, conservative treatment options:
- Dental Sealants: A plastic coating on the back teeth that prevents bacteria and food particles from becoming stuck between teeth.
- Fluoride Treatments: A special varnish that strengthens the outer layer of tooth enamel.
About Your Los Angeles Dentists
At A Briter Smile Dental Group, our dentists strive to offer each patient individual care and access to the latest in modern dentistry at an affordable price. If you would like to schedule a consultation, contact us at our Los Angeles office at (323) 747-1823. We proudly serve communities in Los Angeles, Eagle Rock, Highland Park, Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Hermon, and Washington Heights.