Ever get your teeth cleaned and feel like you’re getting a tune-up on your pearly whites? If so, you’ve made the right correlation. Getting your teeth checked is like getting your tires rotated or having your car serviced. After a certain number of miles, your car will need to be checked, just as you teeth need to be checked after not visiting the dentist after a certain amount of time. This way, you can make sure that there are no cavities, tooth decay, or other problems that may develop down the road for your teeth. Just as your car, you would need a checkup every few months to make sure everything is running smoothly to prevent it from breaking down. Be sure to care for your teeth and visit a dentist at least twice a year. This can avoid hitting any bumps in the road for a smooth ride to a better smile!
When Should You Make Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment?
The first trip to the dentist comes a lot sooner than you might think. Doesn’t it feel like baby just popped out and now he already has appointments?! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) recommends that children visit the dentist by age 1 or within 6 months of the first tooth erupting at the very latest.
Unfortunately, most kids in the US don’t see the dentist until well over 2.5 years old, according to a study conducted by Delta Dental Plans Association. Furthermore, 34% of kids under the age of 11 haven’t EVER been to a dentist.
To some parents, a baby’s little gnashers just don’t seem important. After all, they’ll just fall out eventually. But in the meantime, baby teeth help children learn to chew properly, speak well, and save space for permanent teeth.