It is generally recommended that children see the dentist for the first time by the age of one. The average age for initial tooth eruption is six months, though some children’s teeth may erupt sooner or later than this. If it has been longer than six months since your child’s first tooth has erupted, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment as soon as possible to begin acclimating them to the idea of professional dental care.
It is recommended that children and adults visit the dentist every six months for professional cleanings and examinations. For children, these include a close look at the health of new teeth as well as the structure of the jaw and the positioning of un-erupted teeth, allowing the dentist to properly plan future dental care. These visits also allow for age-appropriate education that helps to empower children to care for their own oral health while providing parents with the resources they need to support this endeavor.
Children’s dentistry involves professional cleanings and examinations. It may also involve sealants, fluoride treatments, and other services designed to help protect a child’s vulnerable “baby” teeth from decay and infection. Coupled with a consistent at-home routine, this is often enough to help keep a child’s teeth strong and healthy until “adult” teeth have erupted, while also instilling good habits and a lifetime dedication to oral health.
Dental phobia, the fear of visiting the dentist, is very real, impacting an estimated 48% of the population. Many of these fears are based on bad experiences at the dentist's office. Early childhood dental visits provide an opportunity to set a positive course when the right dentist is selected, helping to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.
Dr. Kendra Schick is both a family dentist and a mom, giving her unique insight into the needs of children. Caring, gentle, and attentive, Dr. Schick works to create an encouraging, welcoming, and child-friendly environment that can help to dispel fears and instill a lasting sense of comfort with professional dental care.
If you are looking for a family dentist in Calgary or surrounding areas of Alberta, please call Evolution Dental at 403-208-9965 to schedule a visit today.