Each day, you look at your child and imagine her smile at college graduation or his beaming face after learning he’s gotten his first promotion. But playing the tooth fairy doesn’t stop with the last baby tooth. At Sprout Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics, we know you’ve got to start thinking about how orthodontics can make sure that smile is still gleaming 15, 30, and 40 years from now.
Let’s face it, seeing a dentist is probably not high on your “Favorite Things To Do” list. As adults, we cringe when thinking about hearing words like “crown” or “root canal.”
But imagine what it’s like for your child to go to the dentist — sure, he might think a crown goes on his head instead of in his mouth, but there are plenty of other scary things that can make that visit very unpleasant for everyone.
Caring for your child’s health includes planning ahead for a bright orthodontic future. And that future starts at age seven.
Believe it or not, seven years old is the recommended age that the American Association of Orthodontists suggests for booking your child’s first orthodontic appointment. Now, this check-up doesn’t necessarily mean braces are being put on right away, but it gives you an idea of what your child’s orthodontic future might be like.
While teething might be uncomfortable for parents, it’s a sign that your baby is going to be ready for the dentist soon. According to American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, you should schedule a dental check-up about six months after the first baby tooth appears.