Did you know that children as young as two years old should see a dentist? The American Dental Association (ADA), the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend children see a dentist upon the eruption of the first tooth.
Tooth eruption can begin as early as four months of age! By age one, there as many as eight teeth in a toddler's mouth. However, most pediatric dentist prefer to begin routine visits at age two to two and a half when there are all 20 teeth, a full primary dentition.
Why start so early?
Growth and development are more good reasons to start early
Familiarity and routine are also great reasons. The sooner a child begins the more comfortable he/she will be at each visit. Try not to change dentists often. Do your best to use the same dentist so your child can develop an ongoing relationship to increase trust and predictability. Keep a scheduled appointment. A regular appointment every six months is recommended.
Best of all, the sooner you begin regular visits to the dentist, the better chance of general health. There are more than 300 types of bacteria in the mouth. These bacterium can endanger the rest of the body. In 2001, the ADA released studies that associated oral bacteria with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and the birth of pre term, low birth weight babies.
Start early! Help your children not only get used to and comfortable with going to the dentist, but also to promote lifelong health.