Children that are old enough to have teeth are also old enough to have cavities. It’s highly recommended that your child sees the dentist no later than their first birthday – and if that first appointment is at Grand Dental – Lockport, you’re off to a great start. Our kind and caring team will give your little one the personalized attention they deserve while developing an oral health care plan to put their smile on the right track. We can also arrange an appointment with the Grand Dental Group’s pediatric specialist depending on your child’s needs. Don’t forget to add your child to your Dental Insurance Plan and reach out to us today to set up your child’s first appointment.
An Age One visit is highly recommended by a wide number of dental institutions, including the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. This is due to the prevalence of cavities among children. Despite its preventable nature, tooth decay has been shown to affect more than 50% of children who still have their baby teeth. As soon as the teeth emerge from the gums, they are susceptible to harmful bacteria, acids, and other harmful substances that can damage and weaken the enamel. The longer you wait for an appointment, the more likely it is that cavities will have already formed in your little one’s smile. Thus, to give your dentist a chance to intervene in your little one’s oral health before any issues develop, you should set up an appointment within six months of the eruption of your child’s first tooth.
During this first visit, we’ll focus on helping your child feel comfortable at the dentist’s office. We’ll also do an age-appropriate examination of the teeth, jaws, gums, and oral tissues in order to take note of any early developmental issues. We may also perform a gentle cleaning in order to remove any plaque or tartar that has already accumulated.
In addition to a thorough oral health exam for your little one, we’ll also give you advice for taking care of your child’s smile. We can discuss your oral cleaning techniques, make recommendations for changes you might make to your child’s diet, and go over developmental issues you might need to watch out for they grow.
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