When is the ideal time to take your child to the dentist? Family Dentistry in Nanaimo, BC

Many people are unsure of when to take their child for their first dental visit. Parents are focused on getting their child potty trained, through teething, and teaching them their ABCs, and rightfully so. But with all the chores and milestones associated with raising a child, it’s equally important to ensure that their primary teeth are being taken care of properly. A child will have his or her primary teeth well into their school aged years, and it’s important that these teeth remain healthy until they are ready to fall out on their own.

It is recommended that parents take their child to the dentist within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age at the latest. The child’s first experiences at the dentist will have an impact on his or her long term oral health. It is therefore important that the experience is a positive one, and that the child feels comfortable in the dentist’s chair. This is more easy to establish if the child is taken to the dentist early on in their life.

During your child’s first visit, we will ensure that they feel comfortable in a non­threatening environment. This will teach them that there is nothing to fear about going to the dentist. We will also help educate you about how to care for your child’s teeth properly. Establishing healthy oral hygiene habits early on is crucial for maintaining oral health throughout the child’s life.

By taking your child to the dentist every six months, starting when their first teeth begin to erupt, you give your dentist the opportunity to catch any problems early on. During a routine visit, X­rays will be taken to ensure that the teeth are coming in properly. Fluoride will be applied to help prevent cavities.

When the child’s permanent molars come in, your dentist can apply a sealant to reduce the chance of decay. This sealant is applied to the chewing surface of the molars, where food and bacteria can become trapped and lead to cavities.

We can also address issues you may have with the appearance of your child’s smile. We have many cosmetic dentistry options here, but we can also refer you to an orthodontist if necessary.

When you bring your child to Wellington Dental Clinic, know that he or she will be treated with care, compassion, and patience. You can trust us with your entire family’s dental care needs.