When Should Kids Start Going to the Dentist?

Your little one’s first tooth has just popped up, and it’s a huge family and social media moment. But in the back of your mind, you can’t help but wonder when you should begin to take her to the dentist. When is too soon, or too late?

The reality is your child will likely need to go to the dentist sooner than you think. That’s because the sooner you involve your dentist in your child’s oral health, the more likely you can prevent dental problems, like tooth decay, or catch these issues early.

Here’s a rundown on everything you need to know about when to start planning for children’s dental appointments and why seeing a dentist is important for kids.

When to Introduce Your Child to Children’s Dental Appointments

The moment you spot a tooth in your child’s mouth is the moment you should schedule your child for a dentist appointment for kids. This typically occurs at around 6 months of age. However, no matter when your child’s teeth begin to erupt, you should avoid waiting until after she turns 1 year old. In addition, make a dental appointment immediately if you begin to notice anything abnormal in her mouth, like bleeding, lesions, or white spots.

After you take your child to her first dental appointment, you should be prepared to take her to the dentist every six months thereafter.

baby smiling with teeth in black and white

What Do Children’s Dental Appointments Involve?

During your child’s dental appointments, a dental hygienist will carefully clean her gums and teeth at each appointment. Then, you will receive advice on the best way to take care of her mouth. 

Your child’s dentist will also examine her teeth, gums, jaw, and bite to check for, diagnose, and provide treatment for issues like oral injuries. The dentist might also address problems that may impact speech patterns, such as issues with the frenum—the thin line that runs from the gums to the lips. In addition, the dentist will monitor changes in your child’s mouth as she ages. All in all, the dental staff will take the necessary steps to ensure that your child’s smile remains healthy and beautiful for years to come. 

If your child is a little squirmy during her first appointment, you might be able to sit in the dental chair with your child on your lap. The goal is to make the experience comfortable and enjoyable each time she visits the dentist.

 baby girl brushing her teeth

Take Advantage of Child-Centered Children’s Dental Appointments at Alondra Dental Care

At Alondra Dental Care, we are committed to creating comfortable and personalized experiences during both our adult and our children’s dental appointments. In addition, when you choose us, you can expect comprehensive dental care in one location. That’s because we are qualified to handle all aspects of our patients’ care.

Give us a call at (562) 484-0650 today to start putting yourself and your child on the path to excellent oral health for life.