First Dental Visit by First Birthday

As a pediatric dentistry practice, one of the questions we hear most frequently is “When should I take my child to the dentist for his/her first checkup?”1505412_1475706509307753_217253745_n

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, to help prevent dental problems, your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.

Around this age, many children have only a handful of teeth, and some may have none at all! For this reason, the first visit usually minimal treatment. Much of the initial exam will depend on your child’s age, needs, and level of comfort.

At the appointment, oral hygiene instructions will be provided by our staff. In most cases, we will also clean your child’s teeth. The first dental visit gives your child a chance to meet and interact with the dentist in a relaxed and non-invasive manner. It also provides you with an opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with the dentist.

Following the initial visit, it is important to schedule a checkup every six months. Consistent dental visits are very important in preventing cavities and maintaining your child’s oral health.

Remember, even though your child’s first teeth are “baby” teeth and not permanent, they are important for your child’s speech and articulation. Baby teeth also lay the groundwork for permanent teeth by forming a path for future teeth to follow. So make that first visit by the first birthday. For more information on your first trip to the Island, visit our website.


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