Pediatric Dentistry: What Age Should I Begin to Take My Child to the Dentist?

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According to Standford Children’s, it is best to take your child to the dentist around his/her first birthday. If he/she does not yet have any teeth, your next best option would be to take your child within six months of the first tooth coming in. 

Why So Early? That Sounds Excessive!
While it may seem a bit exaggerated, one thing is for certain with children. Consistency is king. Starting your child at an early age helps your child learn what to expect when visiting the dentist. It can also help to mitigate fears of “the doctor” that can develop during this age range and over the next few years. In other words, the sooner you can get your kiddo acclimated to going to the dentist, the easier the visits will become for both you and your child. 

Though the first visit typically takes 30-45 minutes, you’ll find we are mostly helping your child get comfortable with the tools, the treatments, the sounds, the tastes, and the overall experience. Our highly-skilled dentists will most certainly take a look inside your child’s mouth to assess that all is well and they will work diligently to calm and relax your little one(s).

Can You Give Me Advice on Teething and Other Things?

Our dentists can certainly give you advice, tips, and pointers on teething expectations, thumbsucking habits, pacifier considerations, bottle feeding, and more. They can recommend great toothbrushes and toothpastes to begin the healthy and lifelong journey of good oral and dental hygiene.

We can provide base guidelines to help ensure your child does not develop the typical oral challenges that come with prolonged use of any of the aforementioned activities. Of course and always, these are simple baseline rules but you as the parent, know best how to care for your child!

When Is the Best Time to Schedule an Appointment for My Little One?

In pediatric dentistry, we have found that children are typically more amenable and happy to be in the dentist’s chair in the morning hours because potentially missed or short naps and other stimulants can begin affecting your little one. 

We do our very best to accommodate your child by encouraging you to sit in the dentist’s chair with your child. We also encourage our pediatric patients to touch and hold some of the tools our dentists typically use during a routine check-up. 

All in all, taking care of your child’s oral health is a great start to an overall healthy life. We make it easy here at Wilmette Dental to book a pediatric dental appointment for your child. Just give us a call at the number below and we would be happy to assist you!

Book your appointment today at 847-251-0085!

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