When Should Kids First Go to the Dentist?

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It’s never too early to teach your child to practice good oral hygiene. In fact, you should take your child to his or her first dentist visit as soon as their first tooth erupts, which can be as young as six months old!

While it might sound crazy to take such young children to the dentist, here are reasons why it will only help your child in the future.

The Role of Baby Teeth

Baby teeth are temporary, but their importance is long-lasting. They are the first teeth that your child will use to chew, talk, and smile, so it is important to track their healthy development from day one. Having a dentist by your side from the time your child’s first tooth erupts will give him or her a detailed sense of what your child’s dental needs are.

What to Look Out for With Baby Teeth

Kids don’t always practice the best dental hygiene, even if you’re the one brushing their teeth. Cavities are quite common in children, so it is best to avoid sugary candy from early on. When their baby teeth begin to loosen, it is important to instruct your children to gently wiggle them until they fall out to avoid bleeding and pain.

When to Go to the Dentist

Like adults, children should visit the dentist every six months, as this timeframe allows your child to become familiar and comfortable with visits to the dentist over time and help then maintain their good oral hygiene. We offer complimentary beverages, toys, and books to help your child feel at ease in our office.

We offer family block scheduling so that you don’t have to take out large chunks of time and juggle appointments just to accommodate your spouse and your children. At Stratman Family Dentistry, it is our goal to provide the best dental services for you and your whole family without any hassle. If you would like to bring your child in for a first visit, contact us today!