Many parents in Fullerton, California, and everywhere really, wonder “When should I take my child to see the dentist?” Well, the answer almost always surprises them.
In most circumstances, dentists recommend bringing your little ones in by their first birthday. While this first visit serves more to educate parents on proper care of baby teeth, it also helps your children acclimate themselves to the office, the dental chair, and the entire dental experience. It is not until your child turns 2 that we encourage regular visits every six months.
You children should receive their first set of x-rays around age 4 as part of routine cavity prevention. Between age 6 and 12, dentists encourage a plastic resin sealant to help protect your children’s permanent teeth. This resin bonds to chewing surfaces and keeps bacteria from lodging in crevices and causing cavities.
At around age 7, it’s time for your child’s first orthodontic appointment. While braces generally wait until your child’s early teen years, orthodontics involves much more than braces. Altering jaw growth and recognizing any skeletal problems that might lead to crooked teeth play a central role in overall orthodontic care.
Of course, teaching your children healthy dental habits like brushing twice daily and flossing every morning is the best way to protect your little ones’ teeth.
For more information about when to bring your child to see the dentist, please call Dr. Hercules Real in Fullerton, California.