The aao recommends that children have their first orthodontic visit by age 7

Pediatric Dentists Recommend Two Cleanings/Exams A Year

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Questions & Answers

When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time when they are about 6 months old or when their first tooth erupts. This initial appointment helps your child become comfortable in the dental office and ensures that they are growing and developing correctly.

Why should I bring my child to the dentist so young?

These early visit to the dentist help your child establish a “dental home.” This allows them to feel comfortable in the dental office and prevents feelings of anxiety, discomfort and fear in the future, as well as allowing our pediatric dentist and team to develop a positive and trusting relationship with your child. We are also here to be a resource for you and work with you to monitor your child’s oral growth and development to ensure they receive all the care they need to keep their mouth and smile healthy.

How often should my child visit the dentist?

Your child should visit the dentist at least once every six months, or twice a year. These routine visits allow your child to receive preventive care, such as cleanings and exams, to help keep their mouth and smile healthy. Depending on your child’s individual needs, our pediatric dentist may recommend a more frequent schedule of visits.

Your Child’s First Visit


Your child’s first dental visit is an important step in keeping their smile healthy, as it helps them begin to develop positive associations with visiting the dentist and helps them establish a “dental home.” Our pediatric dentist and team will take special care to help your child feel comfortable and make their time with us as pleasant as possible. To schedule your child’s appointment and learn more, call Pediatric Dentistry and Braces today.