When Should You Start Taking Your Child To The Dentist?

All children experience significant change and development in their mouths as the lose their baby teeth and adult teeth begin to erupt. Given the amount of change that occurs in a child’s mouth, it’s no wonder why dentists suggest taking your children to the dentist from the age of six months.

At JJ Smiles, our dental professionals recommend that you book your first dental appointment when they turn six months old. From there, regular check-ups (approximately every six months) are important to ensure everything is progressing as anticipated.


The benefits of dentist check-ups for children

There are many reasons why dentists recommend that you start taking your child to the dentist at the age of six months. If you care about both short-term and long-term oral health, then you should arrange for your children to see their dentist twice every year. The benefits of young dental care include:

Your dentist can teach children about oral hygiene

Positive oral hygiene will help your kids sustain good oral health throughout both their childhood and adulthood. When it comes to introducing good habits, it is often very productive to work with your family dentist and have them explain how to brush and floss to your kids. Children are generally more receptive to persons of authority, so they are more likely to listen to what their friendly dentist says!

You can stop dental problems in their tracks

If your child is developing gum disease or tooth decay, your dentist will be able to identify these complications as they arise during your biannual check-up. From there, they will be able to advise on the best methods or treatments for halting the problem before it escalates.

Children are at high risk of tooth decay

It’s common for children to experience dental decay. This can be due to a myriad of reasons, including lack of effective oral hygiene and ongoing changes while their mouth develops and grows. The best way to avoid tooth decay is to regularly visit your local family dentist and have a standard check-up carried out.

Stamp out stereotypes and anxieties early.

Dentists are nothing to be afraid of – especially when you attend a friendly and modern dental clinic with experienced dentists, like the team at JJ Smiles. When you take your children to the dentist from a young age, they will become familiar with the dental clinic environment and start to build a strong relationship with their dentist. This means the dentist can establish a comprehensive understanding of your child’s oral health from a young age, and your child can be more comfortable and relaxed during their appointments.

Are you looking for a family-friendly dental clinic in the Gold Coast? At JJ Smiles, our dentists have extensive experience working with children of all ages, and we welcome families to our clinic.

To find out more about our services or book your family in for a check-up, contact our dental team today.

by Dr Santosh Joy

Dr Santosh has a strong background in dentistry and a unique passion for providing affordable, high-quality dental care. His experience in the industry spans more than a decade, and he has been able to refine and expand his expertise while attending to thousands of patients in various locations across the country. He's currently operating as dentist in Oxenford.

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