What age should a child first visit a dentist?
The sooner children begin regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. Early dentist visits help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which may lead to pain, trouble concentrating or other medical issues. Young children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly and smile with confidence.
It is important to establish good oral hygiene from a young age and here at Gold Coast Smiles, we are here to help make this happen with your child.
Dr Nick has been looking after the dental hygiene of young children for a long time, with four of his own children, so understands the fears some children may experience. He makes sure visiting the dentist is a fun experience where children feel comfortable and at ease with his easy-going, friendly nature. Establishing good dental hygiene practices when you are young, makes a huge difference to future dental health.
A common question amongst parents is “When should my child visit a dentist for the first time?”. There are no hard and fast rules, but the first visit should occur as young as two years old. This way your child can acquaint themselves with the dental environment, their dentist, other staff at the practice, the dental chair, and some of the instruments a dentist may use. This is a great time to talk to a child about good dental hygiene at home as well and start those lifelong practices of looking after their teeth.
After that first visit, your child should visit the dentist at least twice a year. We can monitor their teeth and be proactive in their care. There is no use waiting until a problem has occurred. Often issues can be prevented before they happen.
There are common issues which may occur in young children, including tooth decay, cavities, damage caused by knocks, thumb sucking, bad breath, gum disease and teeth grinding. We are here to minimise any of these problems and prevent them from becoming an adult problem as well.
The importance of good dental hygiene at home
Good oral hygiene is so important for children to help prevent future dental issues, such as cavities, infection, pain and overcrowding due to tooth loss. To help you establish good oral hygiene and care with your child, they need a great dental routine at home. At Gold Coast Smiles, we can help your child start the journey to good oral health.