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

What To Expect

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.

What To Expect


During your child’s first dental visit, our pediatric dentist will review a number of oral health topics with you to help you learn how to care for your child’s smile as they grow and develop. We maintain a focus on preventive care, as this helps minimize your child’s risk of developing dental problems so that they can continue to enjoy good oral health both as a child and throughout their life.

To help prevent cavities, gum disease and other problems, parents first need to learn about their child’s risk of developing those problems. This includes topics such as diet, oral hygiene, and preventive treatments like fluoride and dental sealants. Your child’s first dental visit includes:

  • How to care for an infant’s or toddler’s mouth
  • The proper use of fluoride
  • Oral habits, such as finger and thumb sucking
  • Teething and milestones in tooth development
  • The link between nutrition, diet and oral health

After your child’s first visit, we will schedule a series of follow-up visits. In most cases, these will be regular dental checkups every six months, but the frequency of visits may vary depending on your child’s individual needs. Our pediatric dentist and team will be with you every step of the way as your child grows to help you learn how to prevent and manage oral health problems at every age.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, call Pediatric Dentistry and Braces today!