At What Age Should My Child Start Visiting a Dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Primary teeth typically begin growing in around 6 months of age.

Unique Pediatric Dentistry Facts

Most Parents do not recognize the importance of dental care of primary teeth. For instance, did you know:

Child clean brush one's teeth.How to Handle “Baby Teeth”

According to the AAPD, it is very important to keep primary (or “baby”) teeth in place until they are lost naturally. The primary teeth are important for many reasons including:

Although most children are not capable of brushing their own teeth until the age of 2 or 3, brushing the teeth is very important as soon as the first tooth erupts. The parents should use a baby tooth brush and brush the new teeth with plain water until the age of about 2. At the age of 2, children usually are able to spit, this is when you teach them how to brush their teeth, using just a small pea sized dab of children’s toothpaste on a children’s soft tooth brush. When teaching a child how to brush their teeth and how long to keep brushing, it is a great idea to play or sing a children’s nursery rhyme or song that is about the length of the “itsy bitsy spider” song.

If you have other questions about your child’s dental health either call us at (303) 688-3800 or visit AAPD’s FAQs for more pediatric dentistry facts.

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