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How Early Should My Child See a Dentist?

Henderson NV Dental Care for KidsThese days, it's not uncommon for family dentists to tell parents to wait until their child is three or four years old before they bring them in for their first dental checkup. Unfortunately, this is far too late. A little squirming here and there is no reason to put your child's oral health visit off.

In fact, pediatricians and pediatric dental experts agree that a child should see a dentist no later than his or her first birthday.

Here's why:

Avoid Unnecessary Treatments
Ongoing preventive care is essential to reducing the risk of cavities. We'll give you the tools and information that you need to keep teeth strong from an early age. That way your child can enjoy gentle cleanings instead of multiple restorative procedures.

We Monitor Oral and Dental Development
If our Henderson dentist notices something not developing properly, we can take an interceptive approach. Growth modification, orthodontics, and tooth retention can reduce the need for future surgeries or extensive orthodontic work.

Establish a Positive Outlook on Dental Care to Reduce Future Anxiety
Let's pretend for a moment that the only memories you have of going to the dentist as a child are good ones. You had your teeth cleaned, got a prize, and then went home. Now let's compare that to the traumatic experience of waiting to see a dentist for the first time until you're in pain.

First impressions matter. If your first trip to the dentist hurt, you probably wouldn't want to go back

At Amber Hills Dental, our Henderson family dentist sees children for their first dental checkup around their six month. Contact us today to help your little one get his or her smile off on the right track.

Posted on behalf of Amber Hills Dental