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When Should Your Child First See a Dentist?

Last updated 6 years ago

Many parents have a hard time figuring out when to take their child to the dentist for the first time. The best time to do so is generally by his or her first birthday. Why so early? Though your child is very young, it doesn’t mean they’re not susceptible to cavities and other dental problems. If anything is wrong, you’ll want to catch it early. In addition, you’ll have the chance to teach your son or daughter that the dentist is a safe and friendly place. Keep reading to learn more about your child’s first visit to the dentist, as well as how often you should take your child after the initial visit.

The First Visit

At your child’s first dentist appointment, you’ll have the opportunity to learn a wealth of information. You’ll learn how to properly care for an infant or toddler’s mouth, ways to prevent damaging accidents, how to develop good oral habits, the proper use of fluoride, what to expect as they grow, and more. The first visit to the dentist is generally a brief one. It is an opportunity to meet the dentist in a friendly atmosphere, check your child’s bite, check for any potential problems with the gums, and educate parents about basic oral health care. Doing so at the age of one is critical because you’ll need to build a good relationship with your dentist, and check that nothing is out of the ordinary.

After the First Visit

After your child’s initial visit to the dentist, you’ll want to take them back about once every six months, provided everything seems normal. The reason you should schedule so frequently is because your child’s dentist will need to monitor their dental development. This will enable their dentist to catch any issues before they become serious, as well as to make sure that your child’s teeth are in good condition overall.

If your baby boy or girl is fast approaching their first birthday, schedule an appointment with Best Kids Dentist - Family Dentistry in Brooklyn, NY. Call us today at (718) 491-5300 to learn how we will make your child’s first visit to the dentist an exceedingly pleasant experience.


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