When should your child first see a dentist? You may think it is not important until permanent teeth come in, but preventive dentistry begins at a much younger age. Experts recommend the first dental appointment within six months of the appearance of the first baby tooth, or by age one. Dr. Dan Knellinger, Dr. Stacey Verkler, and Dr. Carol Bou-Sliman have years of experience practicing pediatric dentistry in Palm Harbor, FL and can help you learn how to take care of your baby's teeth and gums. Here are several important reasons to schedule your child's first dental visit soon.

1. Preventive Dentistry is Effective

Preventive measures can help prepare your child for a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Fluoride treatments strengthen teeth and regular visits to a dentist ensure cavities and gingivitis are treated immediately to prevent further issues. Dental x-rays indicate any potential problems with adult teeth so they can be treated more effectively.

2. Early Exposure Reduces Fear

Many adults have poor oral health because they fear going to the dentist. Taking your child to the dental office at a young age helps him or her get used to the cleaning tools and can reduce fear and anxiety.

3. Baby Teeth Are Prone to Cavities

Between formula, milk, and juice, most children consume a large amount of sugar that can severely weaken tooth enamel and form cavities in baby teeth. Treating these cavities early is important so they do not continue to grow and affect the nerves and roots of the teeth. Additionally, a pediatric dentist can apply a protective sealant to your child's adult molars to help prevent cavities in the future.

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Scheduling your child's first dental appointment is essential for keeping his or her teeth and gums healthy. Drs. Knellinger, Verkler, and Bou-Sliman can examine your child in a comfortable and safe environment and give you the tools to practice good dental hygiene at home. Call our office today to schedule an appointment to get your child on the road to a lifetime of excellent oral health.