At what age should a child visit a dentist for check up or general dental care?
One year, when they have the first teeth? What is your opinions about this?
I started taking my kids at age 4 so that they could get use to and comfortable with the dentist. If there are any orthodontic issues, some of those require treatment as early as age 8. The reason is that children's jaws are more pliable at this age. You have to do what is comfortable for you and your child.
From experience, I have found that if you wait till the child is mature enough to handle a new experience, then it makes it easier and they want to go. Otherwise, if you take them when they are not ready, you can cause them to be afraid to go. With my kids, it was usually around the age of 4 or 5...each child is different.
By all means, if the child is having problems with their teeth, take them in! Just make sure that while you wait on the maturity level, you are teaching them how to take care of their teeth, brushing & flossing, etc.
Its a good idea to begin young so that they get used to it, and it is no big deal to them. Be aware though that a lot of dentists do not treat small children.
I think my kids were 3.
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