Pediatric Dentist Dearborn, MI

When Should My Child First See a Pediatric Dentist?

When Should My Child First See a Pediatric Dentist? Livonia, MI

Has your child gotten their first tooth yet? Our pediatric dentists and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend your child start seeing the dentist once they get their first tooth or no later than their first birthday. If you have any addtional questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact us!

During your child’s first appointment with us, our goal is to introduce them to our office so they feel comfortable receiving pediatric dental care. Continue reading to learn how your child benefits from seeing a pediatric dentist.

When to Start Seeing a Pediatric Dentist

First Impressions Matter

Our pediatric dentists understand that first impressions matter, which is why we focus on building trust during your child’s first appointment. We take the time to introduce your child to our office and team so they can feel comfortable in the dentist’s chair. Our goal is to help your child get used to coming to their pediatric dentist so they’ll continue taking care of their smile as an adult.

It’s not uncommon for children to be anxious about going to new places or being examined by strangers. A bad first impression can make your child feel unnecessarily anxious every time they have to go to their pediatric dentist. Fortunately, our pediatric dentists can help your child feel at ease so they won’t mind returning to our office every 6 months.

Baby Teeth Matter

It’s a myth that baby teeth aren’t important to your child’s oral health. Even though baby teeth are eventually replaced, they’re still important for learning how to talk, eating, and saving space for adult teeth. Our pediatric dentists can help you develop an oral hygiene routine that’s appropriate for your child’s age.

Oral Hygiene Habits Matter

A pediatric dentist is your partner in protecting your child’s oral health. Not only does a pediatric dentist treat your child, but they can also identify habits that could hurt your child’s oral health in the long run. For example, always soothing your baby with a bottle can lead to tooth decay. Our pediatric dentists are also more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

Questions Matter

Whether you’re a new parent or veteran kid wrangler, we understand that you must have questions for your child’s pediatric dentist. The first appointment is a great opportunity to ask any questions you might have about your child’s oral health. Our team is always more than happy to help you and your child understand what needs to be done to protect oral health.

Preventive Dentistry Matters

After your child’s first appointment with us, you’ll need to schedule a teeth cleaning and oral examination every 6 months. Not only does this set a good example for your child so they’ll continue going to the dentist as an adult, but it also helps us catch oral health issues before they grow into bigger problems.

Tooth decay is the most common chronic disease for American children, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The sooner our pediatric dentists are able to detect cavities, the less invasive the treatment will be. While a small cavity can be fixed with a filling, a large cavity will need a dental crown.

Our pediatric dentists in Dearborn, Canton, and Livonia are dedicated to helping your child maintain good oral health and thrive. To request an appointment for your child, call Children’s Dental Care today.