When should I first bring my child to the dentist?
We love seeing children in our office!
Parents often wonder when is the best time for a child to have their first dental visit. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that your child have his or her first dental appointment by their first birthday. We welcome you to bring your child in at that time or when they have their first tooth.
These early childhood visits serve a couple of valuable purposes to benefit your child:
Monitor development – We can make sure your child’s growth is on track for their age and that the teeth are developing properly.
Prevention – By getting an early start, we create a good foundation to prevent many common dental problems – especially decay. Decay is the most common childhood disease, but it is largely preventable!
Making a positive impression – Fear and anxiety are learned behaviors when it comes to dental visits. When we start young, work toward preventing or minimizing dental conditions, and create a fun, happy, relaxed environment for your child, we can make dental care positive for your little one.
Behavioral adjustments – Thumb sucking, poor diet, sleeping with a bottle, and other challenges can cause problems in the future. We can discuss ways to help your child develop healthy habits and eliminate harmful ones so your child’s smile stays healthy.
Do you treat children or do we need to find a separate dentist for our kids?
We welcome patients of all ages! From your children to your grandparents, we offer high-quality dentistry for patients of all life stages. By welcoming families, we support the health of our community and build long-term relationships that our patients truly value.