The Importance of Early Visits to the Dentist
According to the American Dental Association, your child’s first visit to the dentist should be scheduled by their first birthday, or within six months of their first tooth erupting. Baby teeth are important, and early checkups ensure that primary teeth grow in correctly and stay in place until they are lost naturally. A properly planned first visit can also reduce the risk of developing dental anxiety.
Building the doctor-patient relationship early on will help your child get to know the process of a dental visit, eliminating fear and stress. At Smiles for Life Family Dentistry we believe in fostering and reinforcing positive experiences with rewards at the end of treatment. So don’t be surprised if your child leaves their appointment with a balloon and a goodie bag filled with toys and stickers. Your little one may even look forward to future dental appointments!