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When Does The American Academy Of Pediatric Dentistry Recommend Your Child’s First Visit?

STAFF | March 2023

When does the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend your child’s first visit?

We bet it’s earlier than you think. When your toddler’s one or two little teeth start to peek through, that’s the right time to bring them to see us.

That’s right, your child’s first check-up should come just as they’re sprouting their first teeth. This check up is important and can set the stage for a healthy future for your child.


Why so soon?

Preventive dental care starts with that first tooth. Just like an adult, it’s recommended that your baby visit a pediatric dentist about every six months. You want to make sure even baby teeth stay as healthy as possible and prevent any other problems. Baby teeth are holding the line for permanent teeth as they grow inside the jaw underneath the gum line. Care of baby teeth is just as important as permanent teeth because any cavities or decay can actually affect the next generation of teeth. You will also want to tell us if your child has any oral habits such as thumb sucking or a pacifier, as that can affect the growth of your child’s jaw and move teeth.

Just as important is getting your little one comfortable with dental visits. We want them to begin by having a positive experience with the dentist and our office. This helps to establish a lifetime of good oral care that will help keep their mouth (and body) healthy.


A Safe Place to Build Dental Relationships

Does your baby know the differences among the pediatric dentists in your area? Probably not. At this point your little one has full trust in you, and your choices. The idea is to find a pediatric dental office, like EJL Dental, where you, the parents, feel most comfortable. As pediatric dental specialists, they have had additional years of training, on top of dental school, for the care of children. That’s why we do our best to make you feel that you’ve picked the right pediatric dentist, someone whom you and your child can grow with over the years, all the way up through their college years. That means frequent, open communication, involvement in the checkup itself and having a relationship with the team at the practice.


Things We Will Review at the First Visit

  • Dental Development
  • Oral Care at Home
  • Diet and Nutrition
  • Oral Habits
  • Oral Trauma and Safety Measures


At EJL Dental we recommend that you call us as soon as you see the whites of your baby’s first little tooth start to peek through. If you have questions or concerns give our office a call at (301) 881-6170. We’d love to talk to you.

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