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When Should My Child Have Their First Dental Visit?

Blonde toddler boy in the dental chair with his teddy bear for his first dental visit.

In addition to finding a pediatrician for your child, it’s also important to choose a dental home for your little one as soon as possible. Starting your child on the right path towards great oral health starts early. Your child’s dentist will track and monitor their tooth development and assess if they have any issues such as tongue-tie. At Smiles Dental, we provide care for children from their first baby tooth into adulthood!

Your Child’s First Visit

When should my child have their first dental visit? Great question! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends following the rule of firsts. Your child should have their first visit by their first birthday or when their first tooth comes in. Whichever comes first. Initial dental visits allow your child’s dentist to set a benchmark for their oral health and allow your child the chance to start getting used to visiting the office twice a year.

The Importance of Baby Teeth

Even though baby teeth are temporary, they play a vital role in a child’s oral health and development. Baby teeth act as a guide for permanent teeth as they come in. Baby teeth also help children as they start to eat solid foods and develop their speech. Dental checkups are just as important for children with baby teeth as they are for kids with permanent teeth. At your child’s dental cleaning and exams, your dentist can check for cavities and ensure that your little one’s teeth (baby or permanent) are healthy and strong!

Schedule Your Child’s Initial Dental Visit

Does your child have their first tooth or did they just celebrate their first birthday? They are ready for their first dental appointment! At Smiles Dental, we take great pride in treating patients of all ages. We’d love to be your child’s primary dentist for all of their smile needs. Please contact our office to book your child’s appointment!

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The Smiles team is pleased to provide excellent dentistry in the Pacific Northwest. Contact the office nearest you today to learn more about what we can do for your smile!

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