Dentistry for Kids
Here at your Idaho Falls dentist office, Premier Dental Care, we hear this question regularly, “When should I first take my child to the dentist?”
This is an excellent question, and shows that you understand the importance of good oral care for your child. Most children should have their initial appointment when their first tooth appears. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child have their first visit by their first birthday.
Most parents are surprised when they hear this answer, but national studies have shown that cavities are increasing in our preschool-aged children. More than 1 in 4 children in the United States has had at least one cavity by the age of four. (Statistic taken from Columbia University of Dental Medicine study.)
To prevent cavities in young children, it’s important to visit your Idaho Falls dentist before age 1. Find out if your child is at risk for cavities, and learn how to manage diet, hygiene and fluoride to prevent future problems.
Dr. Tom Anderson, your Idaho Falls dentist, can discuss with you how to care for your toddler’s mouth, oral habits, ways to prevent accidents that could damage the teeth, along with teething and other milestones of oral development. Dr. Anderson will suggest a schedule of follow-up visits, related to your child’s needs and risks. We work with you to continue to help prevent common oral problems with your child, and teach your child the relationship between good oral health and diet. For more information about your child and the dentist, read this blog post.
Call your friendly Idaho Falls dentist, Dr. Tom Anderson, and he looks forward to meeting your child and introducing him or her to a happy and calm relationship with the dentist. Call (208) 522-1164 to schedule an appointment.