Most people are aware of the importance of seeing their dentist. From treating decayed teeth to preventing gum disease, your dentist and the procedures they perform are crucial aspects of your oral health. What you may not be aware of, however, is that seeing the dentist regularly is equally as important for your child. Find out more about the benefits of pediatric dentistry, when your child should see their dentist, and more with Dr. Roy Delappe, Dr. James Jensen, and Dr. Sara Hakim at Kids Dental in Reno and Sparks, NV.
When should my child start seeing their dentist?
The American Dental Association suggests that children should see their dentist within six months of their first tooth erupting through the gums or by their first birthday. Pediatric dentists specialize in treating babies and children and most family dentists will see and treat infants. Everyone, regardless of age, should see their dentist at least two times a year for routine examinations and professional teeth cleanings.
These regular appointments should occur alongside a strong daily oral care routine consisting of brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once. Begin helping your child brush their teeth as soon as the first tooth erupts. Use a toothbrush specifically made for babies and a tiny amount of toothpaste - about as much as the size of a grain of rice. As the teeth grow closer together, begin teaching your child how to floss between each tooth.
What happens during a first dental appointment?
Though the first visit is more of an introduction than an examination, your child’s dentist will inspect their mouth, oral tissues, and teeth to ensure that their growth and development are on track. In addition to keeping your child’s health under wraps, regular dental appointments from a very young age work to quell dental anxiety and help children feel comfortable with their dentist and the procedures they undergo.
Pediatric Dentistry in Reno and Sparks, NV
For more information on a good oral health routine or pediatric dentistry appointments for your child, please contact Dr. Delappe, Dr. Jensen, and Dr. Hakim at Kids Dental with locations in Reno and Sparks, NV. Call (775) 825-5005 to schedule an appointment at the Reno office, and (775) 470-5070 to schedule an appointment at the Sparks office.