With professional dental care and good oral hygiene habits, childhood cavities can be completely prevented. At La Plata Dental, we know how important it is to help kids have a great experience in the dental chair from the very beginning. With years of experience and a kid-friendly approach, our team has created an atmosphere that helps children feel comfortable and sets the stage for a lifetime of good oral health. If you’re in need of children’s dentistry for your family, contact us today to schedule an appointment!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the first checkup when the first tooth comes in, or around age 1. These visits ease your child into routine dental care and won’t include X-rays or a cleaning until ages 3-5.
Dr. Hochman and Dr. Betaharon will start by reviewing your child’s medical history before doing a thorough visual exam to make sure there isn’t any tooth decay and that the bite alignment is normal. They’ll also give you personalized tips and tricks for how to prevent cavities and will discuss the following topics as needed:
Finally, they’ll answer any questions you may have before your child gets a new toothbrush and toy, which usually becomes their favorite part of the visit!
The “tooth eruption schedule” can vary quite a bit among individual children, but the first baby teeth usually come in between 6-9 months and all the baby teeth are typically in by age 3.
The first permanent teeth (the molars) start erupting between 4-6 years and all the permanent teeth are usually in by age 13 (except the wisdom teeth, which come in between ages 15-25).
The baby teeth will fall out at some point, but they’re still critical to your child’s current and future oral health. Here are just some of the reasons to make sure they stay healthy:
With high-quality children’s dentistry from the start, you can lay the foundation of great oral health for the rest of your child’s life.