When should my child first see the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends your child have their first dental visit when they get their first tooth or by the age of one year, whichever comes first. During the first visit, your child will get to "ride in the chair" and learn about the sights, sounds, and smells of our office so they can create positive associations with visiting the dentist.
Dr. Luong will meet with you and discuss brushing as your child's teeth come in, how to develop good oral habits from a young age, how to brush your child's emerging teeth, bottle use, thumb sucking, and any other relevant information. If you have questions about your child's oral health, we'll be happy to answer them during this first "well patient" visit. During subsequent visits, we can teach your child proper brushing habits as they grow old enough to manage this on their own.
"Baby bottle tooth decay," or early childhood caries, is a growing concern in younger patients. It's important to take care of your child's teeth from the start, as baby teeth serve many important functions and it's vital to preserve them and keep them healthy. Missing baby teeth can cause permanent teeth to shift and grow in crooked or with gaps, as well as causing unnecessary pain for your child from infections and extractions.
If your child has recently had their first tooth come in or is over one year old and has not yet seen a dentist, call today to schedule their first appointment with Los Alamitos dentist Dr. Luong.
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