What’s more, your child’s primary teeth will be there for most of childhood helping your child to bite, chew and speak. For the first six or so years, he or she will be relying on primary teeth exclusively to perform these important functions. Until around age 12, your child will have a mix of primary and permanent teeth. You will want to make sure those teeth stay healthy and are lost naturally — when it’s time.
What to Expect During your Child’s First Dental Visit
We see children ages 7 and up. So when your child turns 7, go ahead and call us to schedule an appointment! But remember, learning proper pediatric oral hygiene techniques, checking for cavities, and watching for developmental problems is vital to the healthy, proper development of your child’s teeth, and this process begins at home!
There are a number of forms of tooth decay that can affect babies and small children. Early Childhood Caries (tooth decay) can develop rapidly, progressing from the hard, outer enamel layer of a tooth into the softer, inner dentin in six months or less.
Most of all, it’s important for your child to have a positive experience at the dental office as he/she will be a regular visitor for years to come.