At What Age Should My Child Start Seeing The Dentist?
Your children are absorbing information around them constantly, and very early in their lives too. Helping your child establish a proper dental care routine early on will promote lifelong healthy teeth and a lifetime's worth of confident smiles! At Nik Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Chantilly, VA, Dr. Kamran Nikseresht and Dr. Khashayar Changi are happy to provide family dentistry that best suits you and your children!
Having Healthy Teeth
Many families don't know that you can begin practicing proper dental hygiene shortly after the birth of your child. After feedings, taking a damp, soft cloth and gently wiping the gums effectively remove any harmful oral bacteria from forming.
You can expect your child's teeth to begin erupting between 6-9 months old (sometimes as early as 3 months, or as late as 12 months), and the same practice with using the soft, damp cloth provides the early stages of preventing cavities or tooth decay.
As a general rule of thumb, we recommend bringing your child in for their first checkup with Nik Family & Cosmetic Dentistry by their first birthday. That may seem far too soon, however, it's important for your child to understand how to utilize proper brushing and flossing, as well as ensuring they don't have any cavities or signs of irregular tooth development.
Family dentistry in Chantilly, VA, by Dr. Nikseresht and Dr. Changi, ensures a comfortable and calm environment for your child's first visit, which can often be stressful. At Nik Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, you can expect the most suitable dental care for you and your family.
After your child's initial visit, depending on the examination performed, you will be able to help establish a daily dental care routine with your child. With more teeth in their mouth, your child can begin using a soft-bristled toothbrush with a thin coat (about the size of a grain of rice) of toothpaste with fluoride.
It's important to guide your child with the most thorough brushing and flossing until they can perform the task effectively on their own. Your child will carry this routine with them for the rest of their lives, so it's crucial for them to maintain proper technique!
Your child's first visit with your dentist doesn't have to be stressful, and through family dentistry, your whole family can uphold regular visits to preserve your healthy teeth and smile! At Nik Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we encourage you to schedule your family visit with Dr. Nikseresht and Dr. Changi in Chantilly, VA, by calling us today at (703) 961-0707.