Beginning dental treatment at an early age has a lifetime of benefits. Many lifelong habits are formed at a young age, and early, positive dental experiences can give your child an appreciation for their oral health that results in them taking better care of their teeth and gums. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking your child in for their first dental checkup by their first birthday, or within six months of the eruption of their first tooth.
What does it mean to have a “dental home” for your child? In this context, the term refers to a regularly-visited dentist, one that your child is able to grow up with, from their toddler years on through their teens. A dental home that your child is comfortable in, with a dentist they trust, results in less anxiety and dental fear, and increased cooperation when it comes to taking care of their dental health. Finding the right dental professional for your family can be difficult, especially finding one that you trust and have a positive relationship with. However, the benefits to doing so are huge, and have a lasting impact on your child’s overall health over the course of their life.