A child’s first dental visit should occur at 6 months old or after the eruption of the first milk tooth.
During the initial visit, the dentist will begin familiarising the child with the new environment of the dental office. The visit will be brief (about 15 minutes) to avoid tiring or overwhelming the young patient. The dentist will check the state of teeth already present in the mouth, the condition of the gingival ridges preparing for more teething, and the shape of the dental arches, tongue, palate, and cheeks.
However, the main goal of the first check-up is for the dentist to discuss with the parent about the child’s hygiene and dietary habits that should be maintained for the child’s well-being.
From 6 months to 3 years old – check-ups are recommended every 3 months.
From 3 to 18 years old – check-ups are recommended every 6 months.
It’s important to note that milk teeth have less mineralised enamel than permanent teeth, meaning any carious changes can develop much faster than in adult patients. Regular check-ups are crucial to catch signs of decay at the earliest stage.
From 6 months to 3 years of age – routine dental check-ups are advised every three months. From ages 3 to 18 – these check-ups are recommended biannually. It’s crucial to be aware that baby teeth have enamel that is significantly less mineralised compared to adult teeth. This means that any signs of decay can progress much faster than in adults. Consequently, regular dental visits are essential to identify early indications of tooth decay. In our practice, routine child dental examinations are offered free of charge – we encourage consistent monitoring of oral health.