At What Age Should My Children Change Dentists?
It is essential to bring your child to the dentist every six months or so for a dental exam and cleaning. Regular exams and cleanings can help them keep their mouth, teeth, and gums in tip-top shape and reduce their risk of cavities and other dental issues. In addition, they can teach your children how to develop good oral hygiene and care for their teeth when they are away from the dentist office.
Children should start visiting a pediatric dentist when they turn one or within six months after their first tooth erupts. The majority of children continue to visit the same dentist until they are about 18 years old. Some continue to to visit their pediatric dentist until they graduate from college.
Once children turn 18 or graduate from college, they typically transition to a general dentist who cares for patients of all ages, including children, teens, adults, and seniors. By seeing the same dentist for all 18 years of their life, children are likely to be more comfortable at appointments. Additionally, their dentist will know their history and be able to make excellent recommendations based on their knowledge. Our great friend and Richmond, VA dentist Brent Rusnak, has stated that it can sometimes be hard for children, kids and teenagers to say goodbye to a dentist or orthodontist they have seen for the last several years. This is something to be cognizant of when choosing where to take your children when it comes to oral health.
In the event you bring your child to a pediatric dentist and they do not feel comfortable with them or you believe they are not providing high quality care, it’s a good idea to shop around and visit multiple dentists until your child finds one they like.
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