When Should My Children Start Seeing The Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) says that children should start their routine dental visits at the age of 1 year, or whenever their first tooth erupts. This may seem early, but seeing the dentist from a very young age has some great benefits.

For example, your child will be able to build a real relationship with Dr. Buechele at Clermont Family Dentistry, and will develop a better attitude toward dentistry over the years. They’ll also be less likely to be nervous or anxious about the dentist if they come regularly from a young age. 

We also are able to more effectively track your child’s oral health and well-being if your child comes to our office consistently, which can help us prevent cavities and recognize early signs of oral development issues. This all adds up to a better overall level of care for your child at our office.

6-Month Cleanings & Oral Exams 

Six-month cleanings and oral exams for kids are pretty much the same as they are for adults. If your child is between 1-3, you may hold them on your lap, but kids who are 3+ years old usually sit on the dentist’s chair on their own.

One of our hygienists at Clermont Family Dentistry will clean plaque and tartar from your child’s teeth, polish them, then floss them to remove any remaining debris. Then, Dr. Buechele will inspect their teeth and gums to make sure their smile is healthy. Yearly x-rays are also usually recommended, but will only be taken with your approval. 

Dental Sealants

If your little one is cavity-prone, dental sealants are a good option. Sealants consist of a thin layer of resin that is applied to your child’s teeth in a liquid form, and then is hardened with UV light. This creates a durable, transparent barrier that prevents the formation of cavities for up to 10 years.

Fillings For Cavities

Most kids develop at least one or two cavities during their childhood. If your child has a cavity, getting a filling from Dr. Buechele is critical for restoring their tooth and keeping it healthy. 

The sooner your child’s tooth is filled, the less likely it is that the tooth will become infected, and your child will be able to smile brightly and eat normally once again. 

Tooth Extractions 

Tooth extractions are always the last resort for kids at Clermont Family Dentistry, but are sometimes necessary. For example, if your child’s baby tooth has been broken by dental trauma caused by a slip and fall or a hard hit in a contact sport like soccer, an extraction may be the best way to relieve their discomfort and restore their oral health. 

Space Maintainers

If your child loses a baby tooth prematurely, a “space maintainer” will need to be placed in the now-empty socket. As the name suggests, this dental prosthetic prevents the nearby teeth from moving toward the area where the missing tooth used to be. 

This is essential for your child’s proper oral development, since the baby teeth form the “paths” that their adult teeth will follow when they erupt. Without a space maintainer, your child may experience serious issues with their oral development.

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