When Should Kids Visit the Dentist?
Some parents are very concerned about their kids’ teeth while others don’t give it too much thought. Most parents don’t really know when their kids should visit the dentist. Generally, kids would start going to the dentist once their milk teeth were all out and their permanent teeth were through. However, this is a rule of thumb that has changed over the last two decades.
Nowadays, it is quite normal for a child to be taken to the dentist while he or she still had milk teeth. This would enable the dentist to monitor whether or not the milk teeth were healthy and if they fell out at an acceptable rate and at appropriate times.
A child should not lose milk teeth too soon. In fact, the longer a child keeps milk teeth the better. However, a child should have lost all milk teeth before puberty.
Dentists are still surprised by how many kids have milk teeth that are brown and decaying. This is usually due to poor dental hygiene and eating foods with high sugar content. Believe it or not one of the culprits is natural fruit juice. Fruit juice is very concentrated and contains a lot of sugar. Moms believe fruit juice is very healthy and it is – but in moderation.
It is a good idea to take your child with you to the dentist. Even a toddler can get used to what the dentist does to mom and dad’s teeth. This way your child will evolve into a natural acceptance of dentist visits and not be afraid.
Another great benefit of taking your child to the dentist from a very young age is the dentist can start educating and encouraging your child about dental hygiene i.e. when and how to brush.
The sooner your child gets used to the dentist and the sooner the dentist starts educating your child the better.