When should my child start seeing a dentist?

Fresno Dentist Serving Madera, Clovis, Visalia, Tulare & Nearby Areas in California

Mon, 07/22/2013

The younger you introduce your child to regular visits to the dentist and a good at-home oral health care routine, the more likely they will be to take good care of their teeth and avoid common dental problems later in life.

In recent years the occurrence of cavities in preschool-aged children has been increasing. Some children develop cavities as early as two years old, and more than one in four children have developed a cavity by reaching the age of four.

Taking your child to visit the dentist around their first birthday will allow you to:

  • Learn how to care properly for incoming teeth
  • Discuss the link between diet and good oral health
  • Learn how habits like thumb sucking may affect tooth development
  • Start developing your child's relationship and comfort with the dentist

With early childhood visits to the dentist, your child is more likely to see general dentistry as a regular part of life and not develop the fear that so many adults have of going in for a dental checkup.

If your child is ready for their first dental visit, please call 559-224-0103 or contact Dr. Gregory G. Miyake to schedule your appointment with an experienced Fresno family dentist. We serve patients in and around Fresno, Clovis and Madera, California.