When Should You Plan Your Child’s First Visit To A Dentist?

When Should You Plan Your Child’s First Visit To A Dentist?


Many of us do not know that teeth start forming before the child is born. We observe teeth erupting from the gums of a child as early as four months. We start brushing the child’s teeth once two or four teeth become visible and once the child starts consuming cooked cereal food. You must take your child to a dentist at a very young age itself, probably within 5 to 6 months of the first tooth erupting or the latest by the first birthday. This is not being seen in our country, even in most affluent communities.

Dr. John Morris, Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health at the University of Birmingham says “There is broad consensus that children should have a dental examination from a dentist as soon as the first teeth erupt, and no later than the child’s first birthday. “Early dental visits not only provide parents with the information they require to prevent early childhood oral health issues, but it is also believed that such dental visits familiarize children with the dental environment and reduce future dental anxiety.

“Poor oral health can cause pain and infection, which can affect eating; sleeping, socializing and learning, yet worryingly our research suggest that there is a widespread lack of understanding of the importance of taking children to the dentist before their first birthday despite considerable investment in encouraging parents to take their child to the Dentist.”

The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. This visit allows your child to meet the dentist in a non-threatening and friendly way. Sometimes we may ask the parent to sit in the dental chair and hold their child during the exam. The parent may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and your dentist.

During the examination, we will check all of your child's existing teeth for decay, examine your child's bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw, and oral tissues. If indicated, we will clean any teeth and assess the need for fluoride. We will educate you about oral health care basics for children and discuss dental developmental issues and answer any questions.

Consult Dr.Shailee Swarup at The Tooth Company, located very conveniently in Jubilee Hills of the historical Hyderabad city. We assure you the most congenial atmosphere and specialized attention for your child. We understand your child’s needs and psychology as well. We understand the basic needs of your children and are well equipped to comfort your child. We provide you complete information on good oral hygiene practices for your child's teeth and gums and cavity prevention, fluoride needs, oral habits such as thumb sucking, thrusting, lip sucking, teething, developmental milestones, and proper nutrition.

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