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When To Take Your Child To The Dentist

When Should You Take Your Child To The Dentist?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that your child visits the dentist within 6 months of their first tooth erupting or by age one. With regular check-ups, problems can be diagnosed early or prevented altogether.

3 Reasons to Bring your Child for Regular Check-ups: 

  • You will discover if at-home cleaning techniques are working
  • The dentist can both diagnose existing issues and suggest treatment to prevent future issues
  • Your child can learn that going to the dentist can prevent problems and that it can be fun!

Your Child’s First Check-up:

At the first exam, your dentist will want to take x-rays for your child which will reveal any decay. X-rays will also determine if their teeth are moving into place as they should and if they aren’t, what might need adjustment. In some cases, crooked teeth straighten out as your child’s jaw grows and the rest of their teeth come in. If they don’t appear to be straightening however, issues with your child being able to chew comfortably or difficulty with brushing can result. Children may also notice how their teeth look, causing feelings of self-consciousness. Your child’s dentist can suggest ways to treat this, or they could refer your child to an orthodontist who has specialized training in this area of dentistry.

Preventive Measures During the First Check-up:

Fluoride treatment is an option your dentist may suggest to help young teeth resist acid decay from certain foods.

Sealants may be suggested by your dentist once your child has permanent molars. A sealant is a type of plastic which is put on the chewing surface of the tooth. It serves to seal the tooth and fill in the grooves. Sealants can prevent cavities from forming and make it less likely for food debris to be caught in your child’s teeth.

By getting an early start with dental checkups you give your child a solid foundation on which to build healthy oral habits for life!

For more info, visit the Canadian Dental Association


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