Looking after your children’s teeth – and teaching them how to look their dental health later on in life – is an important part of parenting.
All of us parents and carers should appreciate that a child’s dental development in the early years is rapid – and regular appointments at the dental clinic are essential as soon as baby’s first teeth come through or, at the latest, from the age of one.
The experts at the British Society of Paediatric Dentistry say: ‘Depending on the needs of the child, the dental team may recommend the child should be seen every 3, 6, 9 or 12 months until their 18th birthday.
The time between appointments should never be more than 12 months.
This is because:
They suggest that, ideally, the decision on how long to leave between visits should be made after a discussion between the patient, parent and dentist. They say: ‘In practice, it is usually the dentist as the “expert” caregiver who makes a recommendation but patients and their parents should understand the decision and be able to discuss any concerns.
The Society has also published a guide for parents to help them care for their children’s teeth.
Covering all aspects of oral healthcare for children from birth to 16, the guide is designed to correct some of the damaging myths about teeth and help parents get their child’s dental health off to the best possible start.
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