At what age should my child first visit the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child has their first dental exam after their first tooth grows in, or by their first birthday, whichever comes sooner. Starting your child off on the right foot with Amherst dentist Dr. Edwards from a young age offers many benefits, some that will last a lifetime.
Establishing a good relationship and positive associations with the dentist when your child is young will help minimize fear of the dentist. This dental fear can sometimes prevent even adult patients from seeking dental care. Regular dental visits from as early as six months of age will ensure that your child is comfortable with the sights, sounds and smells of the dentist from the very beginning.
Cavities In Baby Teeth
More and more children are suffering from "bottle cavities," or cavities that develop in baby teeth at a very young age. These cavities can be painful and can lead to tooth loss that can affect how your child's permanent teeth grow in. The baby teeth serve many important functions and need to be preserved whenever possible. Regular dental visits allow us to catch and fill these cavities while they are still small.
We want to be the family dentist you choose for all of your family's dental needs. If your child is overdue for their first examination, or if you have any questions, please contact our Amherst dental office.