Age 1 to 2 Visits
Here at Oahu Pediatric Dentistry, we have enthusiastic pediatric dentists who are always happy to check on the little ones. Many times, parents do not know when they should take start taking their child to the pediatric dentist. It is recommended that you take your kid to the dentist immediately when they develop their first tooth. Alternatively, you should bring the child to the dentist within the first two years even if the tooth hasn't come in.
Children need to get acquainted with a dentist so that they can feel comfortable around them. Usually, when you bring the kids to us for the first time, the dentist will spend some time with them and allow them to get comfortable in the dental chair. It will be easy for the dentists to work on the kid's mouth when the kid feels comfortable around them.
The first couple of visits involve simple physical exams and allowing the kid to get comfortable with the environment and the staff who are attending to them. Children below the age of 2 rarely have major dental issues if all the necessary precautions are taken. The pediatric dentist is always on the look-out for frenum problems, and bottle caries. These are the most common dental problems among children under the age of 2. They can affect the teeth structure behind speech patterns if not addressed in time.
Our dentists will advise you on the oral hygiene of such young children. Such children cannot use the regular toothbrush and toothpaste. The dentists will take you through how you should clean up the child's teeth and mouth. After the first visit, you should bring the kid for a recheck after every six months, unless advised otherwise by the dentist. The dentists might advise you to bring the kid to them frequently if they have certain dental issues.
Importance of Early Visits to the Dentist
Our dentists will advise you on a wide range of issues about your kid's oral health. Understanding your kid's fluoride need is essential. The kid should be able to get just the right amount of fluoride as the teeth are developing. Proper nutrition counts for a lot in your kid's dental health. A discussion with the dentist about oral habits such as tongue thrusting, lip sucking, thumb sucking, and teeth grinding is very important as well. The dentist will advise you on what to do if your kid develops any of these oral habits.
Early dental care for your child will ensure they do not encounter any challenges with their dental health. These early visits also get your kid comfortable with the dentist's office. This will be of help when they need closer attention and more complex dental procedures later on. While below the age of 2 years, your kid does not have to deal with any complex dental procedures, unless they have dental issues. The regular check-ups are meant to ensure everything remains in order.
Contact Oahu Pediatric Dentistry at (808) 201-9956 if you have any inquiries about your child's dental health. It would help if you also bring your child to us so that they can get closer attention.