Regular visits to the dentist from a young age can be educational, entertaining but also integral to the long-term dental health of your children. They can help avoid dental complications as your child is growing.
The Australian Dental Association recommends the first dental visit for your child by the age of one, or soon after their first tooth erupts. This ensures that the teeth, gums and all oral structures can be examined. It also gives parents an opportunity to discuss any concerns, as well as giving the child exposure to a positive dental office environment.
During your child’s dental visit, the dentist will assess and discuss
- Teething including ideal order and timing
- Alignment and bite of the teeth
- Soft tissues including gums and cheeks
- Risk factors for decay
- Habits including thumb or pacifier sucking
- Brushing techniques