As parents, you may wonder when the right time is for you to take your children to the dentist. In fact, not everyone takes their children under 12 to the dentist. Many put off a dental visit until there really is a problem such as a cavity or tooth ache. After all, many of these children don’t have all their permanent teeth come in yet.
Set a Solid Foundation of Dental Health
What you don’t know, however, is that you really don’t need to have a problem to visit the dentist. In fact, your first visit to the paediatric dentist shouldn’t even involve any dental work. As all dentists would agree, that first trip should be about introducing your children to the dentist’s office, especially to the dentist and the dental chair, the two most prominent causes of adult dental anxiety.
So to answer the question, dentists recommend that children be taken to the dentist as soon as the first tooth comes out. This is no later than your children’s first birthday.
Paediatric Dentists Make Visits Fun
By taking your child to the dentist at this early age, you familiarize them to the dental office environment, the staff, and of course, the paediatric dentist. This also introduces them to the dental chair, which can be foreboding for some kids who are not used to seeing it. They may also become more comfortable with the instruments dentists use, which they may first find overwhelming and scary, but with regular visits, help from the dentists and of course the parents’ reassurance, they will soon find unimposing. With regular visits, you take away the fear associated with going to the dentist, and you are more likely to raise children who have better dental hygiene than those who are scared to go to the dentist.
Schedule an appointment with our Sunshine Coast paediatric dentists today.