It is important to know that The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) regularly recommends that children receive their first dental exam no later than one year of age to head off potential early dental problems. Also, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts.
What is a good rule of thumb? Here at Narducci Dental Group, we recommend that you bring your child to the dentist as soon as your child has teeth. We find that our parents that bring their little ones to their appointment at early ages find that the experience is much more fun for their child, because it allows them to get to know their dental team at an early age. The child can explore the office, interact with the team of dentists, assistants and hygienists, and learn how dentistry can be fun.
Building this relationship between your child and the dental office creates a foundation of a long term healthy and positive perception about dentistry. The child then looks forward to their appointments. Children love the routine of getting their teeth cleaned, watching their favorite tv show during the process, and even picking out a special little something in the treasure box.
This love for dentistry can continue at the home, where you as a parent can mention your hygienist by name during the nighttime toothbrush routine. When the child gives resistance about being too tired to brush, you can say, “Remember what Miss Erica said about brushing your teeth for an entire two minutes every night? Let’s make her proud!” Let the dental team be your ally!
Go to narduccidental.com and check out our diverse group of locations. We welcome families and our teams our excited to help you and your children begin a positive and long-lasting relationship with their dental care. Dental Health is Total Health. Smile Out Loud!