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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.

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