At what age should I start bringing my child to the dentist?

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Typically, we recommend that your child visit us by their first birthday – which is the same recommendation as the American Dental Association. Of course, if your child is younger and you have a specific concern, don't hesitate to bring them in earlier! 

So why by their first birthday? By the age of one, most kids have a few of their baby teeth in. This is a great time to look over the health of those first few teeth, make sure that everything is developing appropriately, and discuss proper dental hygiene for young children with parents. Even though your child isn't going to remember the dental visit later, as you continue to bring them back, the dental office becomes a normal, everyday part of life. This helps to alleviate fears that could appear later. 

At these first early visits, we aren't going to try to perform a lengthy examination or cleaning. We'll just meet your child and you, discuss concerns, provide advice, and answer questions. As your child grows and develops, we'll add in more of the features that you might think of as a "typical" dental check-up, including examinations, x-rays, and cleanings. We'll answer your child's questions and welcome their curiosity! 

If your child is already past their first birthday and hasn't had an appointment yet, don't worry! It's never too late to get started. Just give us a call to set up the appointment! 

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