Children’s baby teeth make their first appearance around six months old. By age 6 or 7, they will lose their first set and begin to grow their second permanent set. Routine pediatric dental exams are recommended to maintain a child’s oral health.
Children are not just small adults. They are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a dental exam. Dental visits for the first few years are a learning experience and extremely laid back. Children become more comfortable at the dentist the more they experience or observe it. During a dental visit, each child’s teeth, gums, and mouth will be examined for tooth decay and any other dental problems.
Proper oral health is maintained through routine appointments and habits developed at home. The number one way parents can reinforce this is through modeling their own dental care. Parents can also help their children by teaching them how to properly brush and floss daily, providing a balanced and healthy diet, and encouraging adequate water consumption.
To learn more about how we can help care for your child’s oral health, set up a routine appointment with Dr. Evan Wheeler today. It is recommended for your child to visit a pediatric dentist every six months.