When to Start Bringing Your Child to the Dentist

child's first pediatric dentist

“When am I supposed to bring my child in to get their first pediatric dentist appointment?” This is a question that we get a lot. There are a lot of different things to consider when thinking about your child’s health and wellbeing, and when to begin regular dentist visits is one of them. Most things in parenting don’t come with a guidebook or manual of any kind; you’re left to make those decisions for yourself. Luckily for you, however, some of the guesswork when it comes to bringing your child to the dentist for the first time is done for you.


American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD)


If you have a question about your child’s oral health, anyone at Timp Dental would love to assist you and make sure that all of your questions are answered. Another great resource for parents is the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, or AAPD. The AAPD makes recommendations and guidelines for a lot of the situations you may have concerns about and will help you feel at ease when making these decisions for your children.


Your child’s first dentist visit


The AAPD recommends that a child comes in for their first pediatric dentist appointment when they’re about a year old, or about six months after their first tooth comes in. Your child’s baby teeth will probably make an appearance when they’re about six months old, although it’s normal for your child to begin teething anywhere from three to ten months old.


There are a lot of different reasons that you shouldn’t wait longer than a year to bring your child into the dentist. They may not have very many teeth yet, but it’s important to create good dental habits with your child even when they’re young. It’s also important to make sure that the teeth they do have are healthy and growing in correctly, to make sure that there’s room for the rest of their primary teeth to grow and develop.


If you’re unsure or have any questions about when to bring your child in for their first dentist appointment, go ahead and contact us today!

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