Children’s Dental Exams
Has your child's first tooth come in? Has he had his first birthday?
If yes, then it is time to take him to the dentist for a well baby
dental checkup. Parents should bring their child with them to the
dentist's office before age 1. It seems early, but dental professionals
can identify developmental issues as well as conditions like baby bottle
tooth decay at a young age.
Not only can a dental exam identify
serious oral conditions, it can also serve as a way to make children
more comfortable in the exam chair. Your dentists can also show you ways
to prevent tooth decay through healthy habits -- brushing teeth twice
and flossing once per day, and limiting sugary liquids and snacks.
In between exams, look for the following dental problem warning signs:
: Tendency to only chew on one side of the mouth
: Touching or fidgeting with a tooth
: Reluctance to eat hard things