Many first time parents or those who have just had a child are unsure about when the appropriate age is to begin taking their children to a family Bellevue dentist. The common misconception is they do not need to bring in their children until they develop all of their baby teeth. This is not the case at all.
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), it is recommended that a child begins visits to the dentist within six months of receiving their first tooth. By bringing in your children to your Bellevue dentist at a younger age, you will benefit your child’s smile in the future.
The Importance of Early Dental Care
Often people believe, “It’s just their baby teeth, they are going to lose them anyway.” But, according to the AAPD, baby teeth play a crucial role until lost naturally. Maintaining your children’s baby teeth sets the groundwork for proper dental care in the future. Your children’s baby teeth help them chew properly and maintain good nutrition as well as save space for permanent teeth in the future. Visits to your Bellevue family dentist is not only beneficial to your child’s health but is also a great opportunity for parents to learn how to best care for their children’s teeth.
Relieving Anxiety About Visiting Your Bellevue Dentist
Growing up, children can develop a fear of going to the dentist. By bringing your children to your Bellevue family dentist at a younger age, they will not feel so anxious as they will be familiar with the process and the environment. Even before their first tooth erupts, it can be a good idea to bring them along for your next checkup or older siblings to get them acclimated to the process. You can also engage in role play activities with your children. Pretend you are the dentist and examine their teeth and have them be the dentist and have your child examine your teeth.
One of our goals at Smiles of Bellevue is to make sure that your children grows up without a fear of the dental office. Our office is a relaxed and happy place that children love to visit. For more information or to set up an appointment, contact us today.