When should kids visit the dentist for the first time?
Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and American Dental Association (ADA) strongly recommend that a child visit a pediatric dentist for an initial oral evaluation at the age of 1. Dr. Joe believes age 1 for a first visit will suffice, unless there are concerns that need to be addressed including oral development or nursing issues. This visit will include the following:
- Counsel and instruct the parent about keeping your child’s teeth healthy
- Look at development and address any potential dental issues
- Answer and discuss questions in order to educate the parent on dental hygiene, timelines, and what to expect in the future
- Newborns: frenectomies to help facilitate nursing and/or evaluation and treatment of primary or natal teeth that have erupted at birth and are impeding the ability of the child to breastfeed.
Value of Pediatric Dentistry
Our pediatric dentist specializes in children’s dental and oral care. Upon completion of dental school, a Pediatric Dentist must complete additional years of specialized dental training to address the needs of infants, children, teen-agers and children with special needs.
Pediatric dentists understand the anxiety, intimidation, and fear a child (and their parents!) may feel when coming in for their visit. We go above and beyond to make everyone feel comfortable and cared for with our positive, friendly, family-oriented environment. It is our goal to offer your child a gentle and pain-free dental visit.