Toddlers Benefit from Early Trips to the Dentist
When your toddler’s teeth are just starting to fully develop, you may think professional dental care isn’t quite necessary. However, starting young is one of the most important things you can do for your child’s dental health.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should have their first dental check-up by age 1. In addition to teaching children proper dental care habits, such as how to brush their teeth, starting early is a good way to get your child used to the strange sounds, feelings and tools that they may encounter during their first visit.
“Most the little ones at that age only have a few teeth in. But at that time is when we really hit the parents with education, with regards to use of the bottle, when they get them off the nursing bottle, if they’re breast-fed or breastfeeding, use of the sippy cup,” Dr. Buddy Brice, board certified diplomat with the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, told WLOX13 News.
He added that because children do not really have the dexterity to brush their own teeth thoroughly until the ages of 8 to 10, parents need to help the child brush and floss their teeth.