Age 1 to 2 Visits
You know just how important it is for you to see your dentist at least every six months. It is just as important for your baby to be seen by our Weideman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics specialist every six months, to ensure their dental wellness.
Visits to the pediatric specialist are a vital part of ensuring your child’s oral health. Routine appointments can help with the detection of dental concerns long before they have the opportunity to become serious. Most children tend to have most of their baby teeth erupt during age 1 to 2.
Scheduling The First Dental Visit
It is recommended that babies are seen by our pediatric dentist when their first tooth erupts. This is typically between six months and a year old. We find that infants and toddlers are generally happy and well rested for morning appointments.
The first year and second year appointments are important, as they allow for an examination to check on important dental milestones. These are also your opportunities as a parent to learn more about how to take care of your child’s teeth throughout their developmental stages.
The Importance Of Visits At 1 And 2
Children develop their baby teeth between six-months and up to age two. These teeth ultimately fall out, to make room for the adult teeth to grow in. With this in mind, some may consider that dental visits are not really important during this period. This could not be further from the truth, as there are some key benefits to dental visits during this age period.
These appointments help to set the pace for your child’s dental wellness. Long-lasting dental hygiene habits are more likely to be adopted if people are allowed to get used to them from an early age. Scheduling appointments for toddlers can help to instill the importance of dental wellness.
Appointments between the ages of 1 and 2 will take place during the period of time when baby teeth are erupting. The dental care that children receive at this stage of dental health is important, as it will set the foundation for their dental health future. Potential dental concerns can be averted. There are a number of dental health problems that may occur at a very young age. If they are untreated, they can accelerate into a much more complicated concern at a later stage.
Cavities and tooth decay can lead to infections, tooth loss, and other serious concerns.
Keeping Dental Visits Enjoyable
Visits to the dentist can be frightening for small children, as they do not know what can be expected. If this anxiety and fear is not addressed early on, it can become a much more serious concern in the adult years. It is for this reason that you should take the time to ensure that each of your children experience only positivity with visits to the dentist.
Be honest about what to expect on their next dental visit. There are several books that can provide a fun insight as to what will happen. Use only upbeat and positive language when you are discussing a visit to the dentist, and use only positive reinforcement.
At Weideman Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics it is important to us that our patients feel relaxed and comfortable when they see us for their age 1 to 2 year visits. Call us at (916) 962-0577 to schedule the next age-appropriate checkup.