The Dental Health Center

The Age Your Child Should First See Their Dentist

November 9, 2022
Posted By: Dr. Daniel Seger

One of the most sacred trusts associated with parenthood is being entirely entrusted with the health and welfare of another person. It’s quite an obligation, complete with a list of responsibilities a mile long. And at the top of that list should be your child’s teeth. Without them, a healthy diet and normal development would be next to impossible.

That’s why the American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first dentist visit happen when their first baby tooth appears or by their first birthday, whichever comes first.

Dr. Daniel Seger at The Dental Health Center is a father of young children, so he knows first-hand how vital a positive first dental experience is. Unfortunately, many adults experience anxiety because they had a frightening dental experience as a child. This is why we take a gentle approach to help your child acclimate to seeing the dentist.

What to Expect on Your Child’s First Visit

When you and your little one arrive, a team member will welcome you warmly and ensure you feel at ease. Dr. Seger can perform their exam either in the dental chair or on your lap if that helps them feel more secure. Again, our focus is on keeping the situation light and comfortable for you and them.

We often introduce them to some instruments and slowly engage them with the sights and sounds of our office. Once Dr. Seger feels they are comfortable, he may do a cleaning or just let them hold a toothbrush if they’re not quite ready. Part of establishing a trusting relationship means gradually introducing the principles of dental care and working even to make it fun.

Can Baby Teeth Get Cavities?

Though baby teeth fall out by design, that doesn’t make them disposable. Baby teeth are vital as they define where permanent teeth will come in and how. But baby teeth also are susceptible to the same decay that causes cavities in permanent teeth. Therefore, we make special efforts to protect baby teeth so they only fall out when they should.

Family and Children's Dentist in Aston, PA

As a parent, you have many responsibilities, and the Dental Health Center team wants to help take some of that burden off your shoulders. Our mission is to give all patients the most positive dental experience, and we work together to ensure your child has a life full of healthy, happy smiles.

To learn more, we encourage you to call us today. 

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