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First Dental Visit

Posted on 6/1/2015 by Fariba Mutschler
Many parents are rightfully confused about when is the right time to start their children’;s dental visits. Some Pediatricians say the first dentist visit should be about age two or three.

Many general dentists have difficulty managing young children so they ask parents to bring them in after age three.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists recommends that the first dental visit be soon after the first tooth erupts or by age one.

My opinion is that is different children have different needs. First born should have their first dental visit by age one, the next kids can come at age two.

I am a big believer in birth order differences and I think that a first child should be treated differently than a second child or a third-born child.

Personally, I had a lot of learning to do with my first son and my second son benefited from this parenting experience. Some of the things my wife and I agonized over with the first one, we did not hesitate to do with our second.

Some advantages of age one dental visits:

•  developmental problems can be detected
•  parental counseling is provided as below
•  some insurance has incentives for regular care so starting early reduces costs
•  the sights, sounds, and smells of a dental office become routine

Disadvantages of age one dental visits:

•  counseling may be redundant for second-born children
•  more expensive if not covered by insurance incentives

Parents should learn with their first child that:

•  fluoride supplements should start at age six months,
•  brushing and flossing are required daily even with the first couple of teeth,
•  nursing should stop around age one,
•  the only drinks the under-three crowd should have are milk and water.

First children need to see the dentist by age one because well-intentioned parenting might cause cavities or orthodontic problems by the age of 18 months.

I have had to fix many 18 month old toddlers with all their top teeth decayed due to sleeping with a bottle of juice or sleeping with their mother and nursing all night.

These kind of cavities can be prevented if parents are instructed early enough. Pediatricians should be counseling parents about dental care but sometimes the message does not get through the first time and visiting a dentist will probably drive the message home more clearly.
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