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At What Age Should My Kid First See A Dentist?


Posted on 2/2/2024 by Weo Admin
Little boy in dental chair at Great Grins for KIDS - Portland in Portland, ORA common question parents ask dentists is when the right age for children to have their first dental appointment is. The American Association of Pediatric Dentists wants parents to have their kids get their first appointment with a dentist immediately when the first baby teeth start to grow. Alternatively, they should go as early as their first birthday comes around.

Some parents may argue that at one year of age, it's too early to see a dentist, however, it is the ideal time for dentists to make sure that the child doesn't have any oral disease or decay. It is also a good time to see whether the kid's teeth are growing and developing properly. Baby teeth start growing when the kid is at least 6 months old. Therefore, ensure you take them for their first dental appointment around this time.

Why Should Kids Visit Dentist at Age 1?

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During this period, parents can address their kid's mouth health in various ways including management of some habits like thumb sucking. They can monitor teething, assess the first teeth, and understand the connection between oral health and diet. It's the right age for parents to know how to care for their baby's dental health and for the dentist to monitor the development of teeth, gums, and jawlines.

A Pediatric or Family Dentist?

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A pediatric dentist has completed more years in advanced child psychology and behavioral management as well as pediatric surgical procedures. A pediatric dentist also has training in pediatric pharmacology, and pediatric sedation dentistry, after graduating from dental school. A family dentist is mostly a general dentist.

Infants and children should first see a family dentist. If there are any serious cases, they should be referred to a pediatric dentist who will diagnose, treat and educate parents about their infant's oral health. We pride ourselves in dental experts who are ready and willing to check your infant's dental health and advise you accordingly.

My daughter was a little nervous to have her dental work done but everyone in the office was super friendly and very reassuring and that helped her nervousness go away. Thanks for the excellent dental experience. ~ Lilyana G.


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