A Child’s First Dental Visit

Published on June 12, 2013 by

When should a child have his or her first dental visit? This is a question we are frequently asked by new parents or parents of young children and each dentist may have a different answer. We recommend bringing a child in for their first visit around the age of 2.

Even before your child gets his or her first tooth, it is important to practice good oral hygiene. You should wipe your child’s gums with a clean damp gauze or washcloth. Once your child’s teeth come in, brush them twice a day. When infants are born, almost all of their primary (baby) teeth already have formed. These teeth are still hidden in the gums. They usually begin to erupt or cut through the gums at about 6 months of age. Some babies get teeth earlier, and some get them later. Usually, the two front bottom teeth come in first. Next are the four front top teeth and two more bottom teeth. From here, teeth slowly begin to fill the mouth. Teeth usually come in two at a time, one on either side of the jaw. Your child should have all 20 primary teeth by the time he or she turns 3 years old. Baby teeth usually have spaces between them tohelp make sure there is enough room for the permanent teeth.

A child’s first dental visit may not always go as planned. We hope that getting a child comfortable with the dentist at an early age will help in reducing dental anxiety later in life.

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