One of the most common questions we get asked is,
When should my child start seeing the dentist?
The answer: By their first birthday!
Why so soon? It is very important to establish a dental home at a young age for many reasons:
- Dental decay is on the rise in primary teeth. In Colorado, 18% of 2-4 year olds already have dental caries. By kindergarten, that number jumps to 45.7%. Seeing your child by the age of one gives us the opportunity to provide oral health education in advance of this decay occurring.
- Dental decay is preventable. Statistics show that if a child visits the dentist by 12 months of age, there is a lifetime caries reduction of 40%! With regular 6 month dental appointments, we can help avoid a lifetime of dental cavities.
- Many young children experience dental trauma once they start climbing, walking, running, and jumping. Having an established relationship with your child allows for easier treatment of trauma when it occurs.
Dr. Bryan Savage and Dr. LaShica Beverly believe so strongly in the benefits of seeing all children by the age of one that we offer FREE new patient visits for children through the age of one (for those who do not have insurance)!