31 Oct 2017

When should a child visit the dentist?

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31 Oct 2017

 

On a weekly basis, patients at Blackrock Clinic Dentistry ask us when they should bring their child to the dentist.

  • The first baby teeth to erupt are usually the lower front 2 teeth at age 6-10 months. Please see the chart below re the eruption pattern.

We advise as soon as the baby teeth begin to erupt then attend the dentist for a dental check-up. Why?

  • It is very important to get your child familiar with the dentist at an early age. It is vital that they like attending the dentist.
  • Prevention is better than cure so we recommend attending every 6 months.
  • Catch decay early to avoid extractions at an early age.
  • Sometimes orthodontic intervention is required at any early age so regular routine dental examinations are important.
  • Diet  advice- your dentist will advise you on the best and worst foods or drinks for your child’s teeth.
  • The dentist will advise you the best oral hygiene technique and tips on how your child can improve brushing their teeth.

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