As parents, we all want the best for our children, and their oral health is no exception. One question that often arises is when to schedule your child’s first dentist appointment. The timing can vary based on your child’s unique circumstances and oral development.
In the UK, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides guidelines for children’s dental care. According to NICE, your child’s first dental visit should ideally occur when their first tooth erupts or by their first birthday, whichever comes first.
Why is such an early visit necessary?
First and foremost, early dental appointments help establish a positive rapport between your child and the dentist. These early experiences allow your child to become familiar with the dental environment, reducing potential anxiety during future visits. They also enable parents to receive valuable information on how to properly care for their child’s teeth and gums while addressing any concerns or questions they might have.
Moreover, early dental check-ups are essential in preventing and monitoring early childhood tooth decay, which is sometimes referred to as baby bottle tooth decay. This condition can occur when babies are put to bed with a bottle containing sugary liquids. The dentist can offer guidance on feeding practices and oral care to help prevent this issue.
After the first dental visit, we recommend regular check-ups every six months. These appointments are crucial for maintaining good oral health, preventing dental problems, and addressing any concerns.
Contact us to arrange an appointment for your child.