Many parents assume that baby teeth are not important and do not take their children to the dentist until their adult teeth come in. However, it is essential to begin these regular dental visits for your child before their first birthday.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that the first dental visit should be around Age 1, or 6 months after the first tooth, for the dentist to monitor the development of the teeth and gums.
Dr. Parker, Dr. Miner and the professional team at Back Bay Family Dentistry, located in D’Iberville, Mississippi, want to educate their patients, new and current, on the importance of pediatric dental care.
In addition to the dentist examining for any signs of tooth decay and monitoring the growth and development of the teeth and gums, the first visit is also to alleviate any anxieties of the child and the parent. The acclimation of the child to a dentist office in the early years will instill the importance of oral hygiene and make known the expectations of the dental experience.
After the first appointment, the dentist will recommend the frequency of future check-ups depending upon the child’s age and their stage of development. At the very least, the recommendation will be regular exams every 6 months. If the dentist feels that the child is prone to cavities or needs to be monitored for orthodontic treatment, then the frequency of appointments will be sooner.
The office of a pediatric dentist will result in easier visits for the child. The staff is trained to interact with children and to treat their specific dental needs. Most important, the environment and atmosphere of the office are designed for children and their positive experience.
Back Bay Dentistry, located near you in the D’Iberville/Biloxi areas of Mississippi, is trusted and highly recommended for pediatric, general, restorative and cosmetic care. Please contact Back Bay Dentistry and schedule the first dental visit for your child.
The staff is looking forward to meeting its new patient.