As your child transitions from infancy, you may not be thinking about taking them to the dentist. However, it may be time for you to start. The earlier you start taking your baby for regular dental checkups, the healthier their teeth and gums will be throughout the rest of their lives. When started at the right time, pediatric dental care ensures that your kid’s primary teeth stay healthy and free of decay and other dental issues.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), it is recommended that every child must start seeing a dentist by the time they turn one, or within six months of the appearance of their first primary tooth. This guideline works similarly for most kids, as primary teeth generally appear around the 6-month mark.
However, if it takes longer for your child’s first tooth to appear, you can delay the first appointment. For instance, if the first tooth grows around the 10-month mark, seeing the dentist at 14 months is completely fine. Similarly, you can visit the dentist around the 11-month mark if your child’s first tooth erupted when they were 5 months old.
If you have missed the window, don’t start panicking. Book an appointment with your nearest pediatric dentist as soon as possible. If you live in Kilbourne, Columbus, or White Sulpher, take your little one to Little Smiles Of Delaware today.