What Age Should a Child go to the Dentist?

Many parents wonder when they should find a good dentist for their child. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) recommends that parents seek out a dentist for their child by age one, or when they notice the first signs of a tooth erupting. Typically, primary teeth start to erupt around six months of age.

Parents may have concerns that their child is too young to see a dentist, or that they don’t have enough teeth. Visiting your dentist helps to make sure baby teeth are coming in properly. Keeping a child’s primary teeth is important until they are lost naturally.

Benefits of primary teeth in children:

  • Primary teeth save space for adult teeth in the future.
  • Primary teeth help children with their speech development as they grow.
  • Help children to chew their food properly.
  • Promote a healthy smile, and give children confidence about their appearance.

It is important to start your child out right with proper dental care. Establishing a good oral hygiene routine while they are young sets the stage for dental care in the future. Creating a great relationship with your child’s dentist will help the child understand how important it is to take care of their teeth, and attend regular visits.

As part of the routine visit, our dentist will check for any issues and monitor the development of their teeth as they grow older. Preventative care is important to help keep your child’s teeth looking and feeling their best.

At Alan J. Schwartz, DDS, PC, we strive to provide exceptional care for patients of all ages using state of the art technology, and are a family friendly practice.

If you are interested in scheduling your child’s first dental appointment, contact Alan J. Schwartz, DDS, PC, today.

When do you take a Child to the Dentist?

Knowing when to take your child to the dentist is important so they establish a great oral hygiene routine at an early age. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1, or when the parent notices the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin to erupt around 6 months of age.

Typically, dentists recommend children visit their office every six months to prevent cavities or other issues that may arise. We will discuss what the best visit schedule will be for your child during your first appointment.

If you do notice any issues with your child’s teeth erupting please bring them in as soon as possible, and we can take a look and advise if we see any issues or have any concerns.

Teaching your child the benefits of taking care of their teeth at an early age helps set the stage for lifelong oral health. We also work with parents to help them learn how to care for their child’s teeth as they grow. Taking your child to the dentist early on helps to calm any dental visit jitters for future visits when they are a bit older and tend to be more nervous.

At Alan J. Schwartz, DDS, PC, we serve families of all ages, and strive to provide exceptional service for everyone in your family. Building a relationship with our patients is important, and our team does everything to make our patients comfortable and relaxed during any appointment.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment for your child contact Alan J. Schwartz, DDS, PC today.