The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children should make their first visit to see a dentist by age 1. Within six months of the first tooth emerging, infants should see a pediatric dentist for a checkup. At Harlandale Kids Dental, we welcome the chance to provide a child’s first visit by age 1 at our dental center in San Antonio. We consider it a privilege to be a part of this milestone in the development of a child’s beautiful smile.
A child’s primary or baby teeth should already be formed when they are born, but they do not begin to emerge until around month six. The first tooth is often one of the bottom central incisors, or the bottom front teeth, followed by the top front teeth. Once one tooth emerges, it is time to begin caring for your child’s smile. Even the one tooth needs to be cleaned, and it is important to begin oral care routines for your child, including your child’s visit dental visit.
What to Expect at Baby’s First Visit
In most cases, parents are much more nervous before baby’s first visit by age 1 than the patient. Babies are not afraid of dentists, and most have been to many doctor’s visits by this point. When you come to Harlandale Kids Dental for your baby’s visit dental checkup, we will ensure both you and baby feel comfortable. The exam is very gentle and minimally-intrusive. Our pediatric dentist is very experienced and knows exactly how to check your child’s teeth and gum health without pain, discomfort or anxiety.
The first visit is to ensure your child’s tooth development is on track and to provide parents with instruction on oral care. Our dental team will discuss the best way to clean your baby’s teeth and what to watch for as the teeth develop.
Your baby’s first dental visit is an important first step on the journey to developing a healthy smile. At Harlandale Kids Dental, we are pediatric dental specialists that encourage parents to begin oral care early for children to prevent dental issues. If your child has received their first tooth, it is time to schedule their first visit before age 1. Contact our office in San Antonio to book your appointment.