What Is the Right Age to Visit a Pediatric Dentist?

Posted by DR. LOUIS PAULERIO on Mar 7 2022, 07:35 AM

A pediatric dentist is a specialized oral care provider for infants, children, and adolescents, including those with special health needs. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child’s first dental visit should be scheduled no later than six months after the child’s first tooth erupts. 

At Louis E. Paulerio, DDS, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in San Diego, California, we provide gentle and compassionate dental care for children to ensure their teeth stay healthy and free of cavities.

What Is the Right Age to Visit a Pediatric Dentist?

Usually, the first tooth erupts at six months of age. So, when your child is around age one, you should schedule their first dental visit. Although this may seem like a young age, the sooner you begin your child’s dental care, the better the outcomes will be for your child’s teeth and oral health.

Taking your child to the dentist early on can prevent them from developing dental anxiety later in life. Pediatric dentists are specially trained to deal with children, so they will be able to help give your child a positive experience. Having positive dental experiences early on will help keep your child motivated to maintain their dental health in the future.

Why Visit a Pediatric Dentist?

Even though primary teeth eventually fall out naturally, it is still important to keep them healthy. An important function of primary teeth is to act as space holders and ensure there is adequate space in the mouth for the permanent teeth to erupt.

If a primary tooth is prematurely lost, the other teeth may begin to shift into the remaining space and this may cause issues when the permanent teeth begin to erupt. Primary teeth do not only pave the way for permanent teeth but also help the child eat and speak correctly. 

Usually, we recommend a check-up every six months to prevent any dental problems. Routine fluoride applications may also be recommended for your child’s teeth to keep them free from cavities. 

In addition to routine visits, if your child experiences toothaches, ulcers, or swelling in the mouth or the gums or has habits like thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, or lip biting, visit us promptly. Book an appointment at Louis E. Paulerio, DDS, Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in San Diego, California by calling (619) 223-3811. For Dental Implants in San Diego CA, Root Canal, and more, call us at (619) 223-3811 and book a consultation.

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