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The Importance of Taking Your Child to the Dentist at Age 1

Last updated 6 years ago

It may surprise you to learn that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child first visit a pediatric dentist by their first birthday. However, early dental care serves two important purposes: your child will be introduced to the pediatric dentist in a non-threatening way, and you, as the parent, can learn essential information on caring for your child’s teeth.

Creating a Positive Relationship with Dental Care

For many Americans, just talking about a trip to the dentist can cause anxiety because they are unsure of what to expect at each visit. However, proper dental care is essential for oral health. By bringing your child to a pediatric dentist at an early age, he or she can be introduced to the tools and procedures used in dentistry in a positive manner, setting the stage for a lifetime of dental care without fear or anxiety.

Learning How to Care for Your Child’s Teeth at Home

Pediatric dentists can offer you a wealth of information about caring for your child’s teeth and essential dental care practices. During your first trip to your child’s dentist, you can expect the dentist to:

  • Explore your child’s risk for developing cavities.
  • Explain proper nutrition in relation to your child’s oral health.
  • Describe proper oral hygiene practices to use with your child, as well as when and how to teach him or her dental care techniques.
  • Discuss the role that fluoride plays in your child’s oral health.
  • Explain the dangers of certain oral habits, such as thumb sucking.
  • Help you understand what to expect during teething and other oral developmental milestones.
  • Discuss ways to prevent injuries that may result in tooth, facial, or jaw damage.
  • Explain the best plan for follow-up appointments to meet your child’s oral health needs.

Pediatric dentistry is essential for preventing tooth decay and other oral health problems for your child. Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dentistry offers two convenient locations in the Long Island area to serve your child’s dental needs. From pediatric dentistry to special needs dentistry and orthodontics, we have the experience and compassion to care for your child. Call us today to schedule an appointment at (516) 798-1111.


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