The first appointment with the dentist should be scheduled at around six months or after the appearance of the first primary tooth. The first visit to the dentist is mostly meant for the parents to get a consultation from the dentist on how to care for the baby’s teeth, discuss issues about the influence of nutrition on the health of the teeth and oral cavity.
12 to 18 month old children. In this period the dentist can notice so-called “baby bottle caries” or early childhood caries (child under the age of 71 months has at least one extracted tooth, one tooth with filling or caries) and take the necessary measures to prevent it. The most common cause of this kind of caries is frequent and prolonged breastfeeding or bottle-feeding during the night. The most commonly affected teeth are the upper front teeth. The first signs appear on the inner surface of the teeth. This should be noted when the parents check the teeth. A visit to the dentist for a preventive consultation should be planned twice a year.
Two to two and a half year old children. At this age children should receive preventive examinations, not only from the dentist, but also from the dental hygienist. At the age of two and a half to three years old, or at the point where the child has full first dentition, the child is ready to meet another specialist – dental hygienist.
Three year old children. At this point most children already have a full bite – all 20 deciduous teeth have appeared. After teething is complete the dentist evaluates the bite and notices if there is a problem. If potential problems are noted with the bite, the dentist can predict the need for alignment and make a referral to the orthodontist.