Get those scrapbooks out, it’s time for another milestone in your child’s life: Their first dentist appointment!

Whether your toddler has a mouth full of teeth or just a few poking through, it’s never too soon to start thinking about how to keep their adorable smile healthy. Sure, baby teeth don’t hang around forever (they generally start to fall out to make way for adult teeth by the time your child is 6 or 7), but it’s still important to keep those tiny teeth — and gums — in tip-top shape while they’re waiting for their grown-up teeth to come in.

The first step in making sure your child grows up with pearly whites is to teach your toddler to brush his teeth at least twice a day. Next, you need to book their first dentist appointment, if you haven’t already done so.

Nervous about this next step? At Smiles for Health we want your child to have a smooth first experience at the dentist. So here’s what you need to know about your tot’s first dentist appointment:

When to go to the dentist

While it might seem soon, you should try to schedule your child’s first dental appointment by the time the first tooth starts to sprout or when they turn 1, whichever comes first. This information is according to the latest guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD). (The previous recommendation was between 1 and 2 years old or within six months of baby getting that first tooth).

Choose the right dentist for your child:

When it comes to choosing a dentist, many people take their tot to the same dentist that Mom and Dad see. This is often a good choice, particularly if your dentist has experience with young children, like the Smiles for Health care team. However, you may also want to consider taking your child to a pediatric dentist — someone who has additional training in caring for children’s oral health. There is no right answer, but comes down to what you are more comfortable with. However it might be nice to take them to a dentist team that you are familiar with.

Schedule today at Smiles for Health. We want to help your little one start off on the right tooth (see what we did there) when it comes to their oral health.
By |2022-06-30T02:53:27-04:00June 1, 2022|Cosmetic Dentistry, Invisalign|0 Comments
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