Maintaining your child’s oral health is of the utmost importance. But proper care starts earlier than you might think. So when should you start taking your child to the dentist? The team at Priti Naik, DDS in Vienna is here with the answers!
When they have teeth! Your child’s first baby tooth should erupt at around 6 months of age. Once you see that tooth coming through, you know it’s time to schedule your baby’s first dentist appointment. Not all babies will have their first tooth by 6 months, but they should definitely see a dentist by their first birthday.
It might seem a bit early, but it’s never too soon to begin instilling good habits and a healthy oral care routine. Starting your baby at a dentist you plan on growing with, allows the doctor to understand the history of your child’s oral health. And seeing the same doctor every 6 months helps your child form a comfortable relationship with their healthcare provider, removing fear and anxiety from their appointments.
Dr. Naik can track the development of your child’s primary, or baby, teeth to ensure they’re coming in correctly. Starting regular appointments early is also extremely helpful in preventative dentistry, catching potential issues before they become serious.
The good habits that you learn from your doctor should be carried into the home. Here is a quick guide that will get you through the first six years of your child’s oral health routine!
Dr. Priti Naik offers family dentistry with pediatric care, so you can take care of the entire family in one visit. Best of all, she’s a friendly dentist that you and your children can grow with!
Contact us online, or give us a call at (703) 293-5778 to schedule an appointment. And you’re always welcome to stop by our office at 8230 Boone Blvd., Suite 320, Vienna, VA 22182. We’d love to see you!