As parents, you may be wondering, “When should a child go to the dentist?” Some do not believe their children need to see a dentist until they’ve lost their first teeth, but this isn’t true. Children should have their first dental visit by age one or within six months after they get their first tooth. This is for several reasons. Even a child’s first set of teeth needs proper attention, so they come in correctly and prevent any future issues. Also, children need to be exposed to the dentist early, so they are comfortable with teeth cleanings and regular check-ups in the future.
The pediatric dental team at Lovett Dental Conroe loves helping children keep their smiles happy and healthy. We’re delighted to be a part of your child’s oral health care, and it’s one of our greatest passions to help children develop good dental hygiene habits early in life.
Throughout childhood, there are other reasons you may need to take your child to the dentist. In addition to routine care, we also provide emergency dental services for kids and adults throughout Texas.
Your Child’s First Dental Visit
A baby’s first dental exams are focused on evaluating the alignment and development of your child’s teeth, gums, jaw, and mouth. This visit is a simple and friendly introduction to the dentist that most infants will barely notice; some young children may be fussy, but we have a skilled team of pediatric dentists and dental assistants who know how to calm nerves and make the experience enjoyable.
Depending on how many teeth they have, your baby may also receive their first cleaning. This is an extremely gentle, fast procedure that polishes their teeth and removes any plaque that has begun to build.
When Should a Child Go to the Dentist?
Every child should see their dentist twice a year for check-ups and cleanings. However, there are other instances in which you should take your child to the dentist as well. If your child develops any cavities or complains of any pain in their teeth, jaws, or gums, emergency care is advised. Broken or fractured teeth, knocked-out teeth, and tooth sensitivity are also reasons to take your child to the dentist right away.
Our team of pediatric dentists has undergone two years of additional training to specialize in the various needs of infants, children, adolescents, and special needs children. They provide hands-on, compassionate, and routine preventative care as well as necessary emergency and general dentistry services to ensure your child’s oral health is always protected.
The Rule of Twos
Dentists recommend parents remember the two/two rule when it comes to children’s teeth. A child should brush and floss twice a day and visit the dentist twice per year. Brushing should also last at least two minutes each session, which you can easily help kids remember by setting a timer.
The two/two rule helps prevent tooth decay and ensures your child’s teeth are developing properly. Just like a preventative doctor’s visit can detect the early signs of disease, pediatric dentistry protects children’s smiles and can make important dental interventions when they become necessary, long before more serious problems develop.
Contact Lovett Dental Conroe
Our Texas family dental practice can serve you and your children for a lifetime. Questions like, “When should a child go to the dentist?” and “How often should my child see a dentist?” are common, and we are happy to answer them as well as any other questions you may have about your child’s oral health care. From their first tooth to dental braces and wisdom teeth extraction, the Lovett Dental Conroe pediatric dental team is here to assist during every stage of your child’s development. To learn more or to schedule an appointment for your child, contact us today at 936.274.1925.