1-Year-Old Child Dental Exams
When to bring your child to the dentist for their first check-up
It’s never too early to start paying attention to your child’s dental health. Regular dental exams for children are a critical part of preventive health care. It is recommended that your child see a dentist before turning one year old, allowing them to develop a familiarity with the dental check-up process and allow the hygienists to perform a routine exam.
You can schedule an appointment with your local Kimball & Beecher office. Dr. Rylan Bennett, our pediatric dentist, is located in Cedar Falls and accepting new patients.
What to expect from your child’s first dental appointment
Parents bring their children to the dentist as early as six months of age, but the one-year-old exam is an important step towards protecting your child’s oral health. During the appointment, a dental hygienist will examine your child’s teeth and gums to check their growth and development. They may also examine their bite or perform a gentle cleaning to remove any plaque or tartar. The hygienist will likely demonstrate the oral health basics for children, including proper brushing and flossing techniques, and field any questions you may have.
The primary goal of the one-year-old exam is to make your child feel safe and comfortable at the dentist’s office and promote good oral health from an early age.