Seeing your child’s smile grow is a wonderful thing, and it’s definitely your privilege as a parent. In order to keep their precious teeth safe from cavities, you should start bringing them to the dentist no later than their first birthday. At Grand Dental – Channahon, our team members will treat you and your little one like members of our own family, and they’ll do everything in their power to make that initial visit an enjoyable experience for everyone involved. And thanks to Dr. Shuran Liang, our pediatric dentist, your little one can get any specialized care they need right here. Don’t waste any more time; make sure your child is covered under your dental insurance plan, then call us today to set up an appointment!
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You may have heard of numerous dental institutions such as the American Dental Association recommending that you schedule a dental appointment for your child no later than their first birthday (or within six months of them getting their first teeth). The chief goal of these early visits is to prevent cavities, which are particularly common among children. Young teeth can be especially susceptible to bacteria, acids, and anything else that can eat away at the enamel, and the risk for decay only increases as time passes without a dental appointment. While it may seem like a small thing, setting up a dental appointment now instead of waiting a couple of years can have significant implications for your child’s smile in the long term.
It goes without saying that a dental appointment for a baby that’s seeing the dentist for the first time is going to be very different compared to an appointment for an adult that’s already used to visiting on a biannual basis. Since the sights and sounds of the practice will be unfamiliar to them, we’ll take the time to help them get used to their surroundings so that they understand that a dentist’s office is a safe place to be. We can then check their teeth and gums for signs of decay and disease, and a gentle cleaning will be performed.
Parents who wait to seek dental care until their children are older are more likely to find themselves having to pay to treat various kinds of dental emergencies. They’re also more likely to need to pull their children out of school for treatment. But by scheduling an Age One Visit and continuing to bring in your child for appointments every six months afterwards, you will find that the risk of tooth decay and other forms of oral pain is much lower.
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