According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should have their first dental checkup by his or her first birthday.
Why so early? The oral hygiene techniques your child learns at this early age will last a lifetime, giving him or her the best possibility for excellent oral health. A positive experience at the Yuba City Dentistry Group can ensure that your child is a regular visitor into adulthood.
Additionally, if the dentist spots any developmental problems or cavities, he or she has the possibility to address these immediately.
What will your dentist look for on the first checkup? A number of things, actually.
Tooth decay may begin early, even affecting babies and toddlers. If left untreated, childhood caries (tooth decay) could develop rapidly – possibly reaching the soft, inner section of the tooth (dentin) in around six months.
In addition to checking for tooth decay, your child’s dentist will make sure the teeth and jaw are developing properly. If not, the dentist can work with you to develop the treatment plan that is best for your child.
A number of treatments are available to save or repair children’s teeth or aid their development. Additionally, some treatments can even help prevent tooth decay from beginning.
If your child plays sports regularly, his or her dentist may recommend the use of a custom mouthguard. These protective devices can drastically reduce the chances of injury to the teeth; in fact, the American Dental Association states that an athlete is 60 times more likely to harm the teeth if not wearing a mouthguard!
Using a model of your child’s teeth, the custom-fit mouthguard will provide the greatest protection possible. This small investment now can prevent major pain and expenses in the future.