Regular check-ups are important from a young age. Paying a visit to the dentist at least twice per year is key to ensuring a healthy smile for your child. Depending on your child’s age, a routine visit with one of our pediatric specialists may include an examination of your child’s teeth and gums, a gentle cleaning, and possibly an X-ray.
Why is it important to care for baby teeth?
Primary teeth, commonly known as “baby teeth”, help children speak and chew, and guide permanent “adult” teeth into proper positions. Primary teeth are also prone to cavities and infections, just like permanent teeth are. Additionally, a child who learns good oral hygiene habits from a young age is more likely to carry those habits into adulthood, for a lifetime of healthy smiles!
When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling your child’s first dental visit when the first tooth appears, and no later than their first birthday. Learn more about what to expect at your child’s first visit. After the first visit, you can continue to schedule regular appointments every six months. Our pediatric specialists can look for any problems before they get too serious, and help educate your child on proper brushing and flossing techniques.