When Should My Baby Go To The Dentist For The First Time?

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The Perfect time for a dentist visit for a baby is at the sign of their first tooth.

Your baby’s gummy smile is beginning to erupt with tiny, pearl-white teeth. It’s a sure sign that you baby is growing up – and a good time to set up your kid’s very first dental appointment. If you’re like many parents, you might procrastinate that first visit.A 2009 survey from Delta Dental found that the average age a child goes to the dentist for the first time is 2.6 years. By then, a child is well on their way to their full set of primary teeth.

What is the ideal age for a child’s first visit to the dentist? 

It is suggested to take your child at 6 months, typically after the appearance of their first tooth. If your child\’s teeth are coming in slower, make sure you take your child to see the dentist by their 1st birthday. From there, they will need a visit every 6 months.

Why Babies Need Their Dentist

You might wonder if it makes sense to take such good care of your baby’s primary teeth. After all, they’re going to fall out and get replaced by your kid’s adult teeth later on. What does it matter if they’re not seen by a dentist? While they may only be temporary, how you care for your child’s primary teeth does have a lasting effect on their lifelong dental health. Healthy development of their primary teeth aids speech development and boosts your child’s confidence.

Early Care For A Lifetime Of Healthy Teeth

Your dentist will be able to recognize any signs that your baby’s teeth are not growing in properly. Dental problems are often less painful and easier to fix if they’re caught early on. They can answer any of your questions about the development of your child’s jaws and teeth and how to best care for them. Your family dentist can also advise you on how to help your baby feel better when they’re teething.

Teaches Your Baby To Enjoy Visits To The Dentist

Positive first experiences at the dentist will prevent your child from ever developing a fear for being in “the chair.” Your baby’s first visit, if they’re healthy, will be quick and easy. A fast, gentle cleaning and exam is all they need. If you wait until your baby develops a dental problem to schedule a visit, their first experience may be very painful. On the first visit, it’s not unusual for parents to be more worried than their children. It’s important to show your child that going to the dentist is nothing to be afraid of. Use games, books and videos to teach your child what to expect on their first visit. Stay upbeat, even if you’re a little nervous.

Author Dr. Jonathan McNeil

Set Up Your Baby’s First Dental Appointment Today

Mint Dental is Anchorage’s preferred family dentist. We provide caring, professional dental services for family members of all ages. Our staff is dedicated to making your baby’s first visit a positive experience. Give us a call at 907-646-8672 to set up your baby’s first dental appointment. We look forward to caring for your kid’s teeth as they grow in strong and healthy.


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