At Clagett Dental in Elizabethtown, you can find a family dentist to provide care for everyone in your home. Oftentimes, our doctors see moms and dads of young children for regular dental care, and those parents eventually ask one specific question, “When should my child start visiting the dentist?”
Because this question is so common, and because our doctors want to educate their patients as much as possible, we’re going to talk more about this question in this blog. Keep reading to know when you should bring your child to the dentist, and what you can expect from these early appointments.
Your Child’s First Visit to a Family Dentist
Many parents in Elizabethtown believe that their children should first visit a family dentist at age 4 or older, but in truth, parents should plan to take their child to a family dentist for their first visit when they turn 1. This may sound young, but this early first visit is important because it focuses on allowing children to get used to sitting in a dental chair, seeing the bright lights, meeting the family dentist and his team, and educating parents on how to properly care for their child’s baby teeth.
This early exposure also creates trust between your child and your family dentist. When you bring your child to his or her first dental appointment, they will be able to sit on your lap during the short exam. Our doctors know how to make children feel safe and comfortable. They’re even known to make the exam feel more like a game to build rapport with their littlest patients. And of course, your child can look forward to a fun reward at the end of their exam!
Routine Dental Cleanings with a Family Dentist
Most family dentists in Elizabethtown, like our doctors, recommend dental cleanings every 6 months, beginning at age 2. Again, these early visits will focus on dental care basics such as how to properly brush little teeth, a cavity check, and a discussion about fluoride intake. Don’t worry about x-rays at this age. Your family dentist at Clagett Dental will not take x-rays until your child is between 4-6 years of age.
As your child grows, preventative dental care becomes even more important. Between the ages of 6 and 12, your child will begin to lose baby teeth and earn their permanent teeth. Many times, a family dentist in Elizabethtown, like our doctors, will recommend having at-risk teeth sealed with a plastic resin to add a little extra protection from cavities and decay. These clear sealants form to the tops of the teeth and take the natural shape of the grooves and valleys of the teeth, so your child will not notice them at all.
Choose a Family Dentist at Clagett Dental
Our doctors have years of experience providing high-quality dental care to patients of all ages in Elizabethtown. Their caring and gentle approach will leave your children feeling safe and comfortable during their cleaning.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment to visit a family dentist at Clagett Dental, call our office today at (270) 769-3306.