When Should My Child Start Seeing a Dentist?

baby boy with a toothbrush in his mouth

As a parent, there are so many check-ups and appointments you need to keep up with on behalf of your child, especially as a newborn, and scheduling a dentist appointment might have slipped your mind! If you’re starting to see signs of a first tooth, here’s a gentle reminder to start thinking about doing your research for a dental practice that is right for you and your family.

Timing & Exam

Regular dental visits should typically start within six months of the first tooth or by the first year. At the appointment, parents can expect a quick exam, where your dentist might do a light poking around the mouth. When your child’s a bit older and grows more teeth, the appointment will tend to be longer. But the first visit is important in getting your child familiar with a dental professional, the office setting, and dental tools in efforts to avoid struggles with dental anxiety later down the line.

Instructions & Information

An early exam is also a chance for parents to become acquainted with a children’s dentist and ask any questions they might have. The dentist will also provide instructions on proper oral hygiene care and proper diet tips to keep your baby’s teeth and gums healthy. They’ll also talk about ways to address teething or breaking thumb-sucking habits. Looking ahead, they’ll also give you a heads up on what to expect as your infant starts to grow more teeth and their gums start to form. For emergency cases like a chipped tooth, your dentist will be able to walk you through steps on how to be prepared.

Children’s Dental Care at Overland Park Family Dental

If you’re looking for a dental practice for your child, look no further than Overland Park Family Dental. As a father himself, Dr. Creighton Gallagher is dedicated to making the experience fun for your child and efficient with personalized care. To make the visit smooth and stress-free for child and parent(s), we offer kid-friendly amenities. Reach out to us to learn more about our practice or schedule an appointment.

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