By: Pediatric Dentist Laura Goodell
As a dentist, I get asked lots of questions about teeth. I can’t go to a cocktail party or wedding without someone asking me to look at a tooth for them. As a pediatric dentist, I get tons of questions about children’s teeth from friends and family, from parents at birthday parties and sporting events, and even from my children’s teachers. I’m always happy to help, as educating fellow parents about their children’s oral health is one of the most fulfilling parts of my career. Children’s oral health is all about prevention, and knowledge is really the key to preventing painful and costly dental issues.
The question I probably get asked the most is, “When should my child start seeing the dentist?” The answer is that, ideally, your child should be seen by a dentist by 12 months. In other words, “first dentist visit by first birthday.” Usually, my answer is met with shock and surprise, even sometimes outright disbelief.