What age should children start going to the dentist?

What age should children start going to the dentist?

As a parent or guardian, it’s often hard to know what age you should first bring your child in for a dental check-up

It’s important your child’s teeth, oral health and hygiene are maintained into adulthood, and this starts at a young age. By starting good oral hygiene habits early, children can have a head start in their life long oral health.

The dentists at Complete Dental often get asked the question ‘what age should my child start going to the dentist?’ Generally, they recommend your child visit when their first tooth erupts or when they reach the age of two. Baby teeth can erupt anywhere from six months onwards so it’s best you’re prepared early.

How often should children visit the dentist?

Teaching children how to properly care for their teeth from a young age can help them carry out effective dental care as adults. It’s best to bring your child in to see us every six months to ensure we can:

  • Teach them good oral hygiene
  • Ensure their baby teeth come through correctly
  • Help stop gum disease and decay
  • Help get them used to the dentist and stop dental fear

Children can start to brush their own teeth as early as seven years old but will still need assistance to ensure they are doing a good job. Children can also start to floss around this age, but might need help until the age of ten, as their hand-eye coordination won’t be fully developed yet.

Why is visiting the dentist so often, so important?

One of the main reasons we want to see children so often is to ensure the health of both sets of teeth, and to assess their oral development. Many parents just assume that the baby teeth, or primary teeth, don’t need as much care as adult teeth because they will “just fall out”. This isn’t true. When the baby teeth are neglected they can fall out too early and the remaining teeth may move around the mouth causing crowding, and increase their risk of gum disease.

A child’s baby teeth are already present in the mouth at birth and will generally start to erupt around six months to a year of age. Most children will have the full set of 20 primary teeth by the time they turn three years old.

The baby teeth will lay the important groundwork for the adult teeth to come through. It’s a lot easier for the adult teeth to come through straight and healthy if the baby teeth are healthy. Maintaining the health of your child’s baby teeth is a very important step in their overall health. Healthy baby teeth can also prevent costly restorations or dental work in the future.

Children’s dentistry at Complete Dental Coorparoo & Elanora

Whatever stage your child’s teeth and jaw development is at, the state of a child’s teeth throughout each phase of their development is one of the most important facets of a child’s overall health.

Keeping your child’s teeth healthy is easy if you have the tools to do so. Come in and visit the team at Complete Dental so we can help ensure great oral health and hygiene habits continue into adulthood.