When Should I Take My Baby to the Dentist?

When Should I Take My Baby to the Dentist?
When Should I Take My Baby to the Dentist? | Junior Smiles of Stafford

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend scheduling your baby’s first dental appointment at a pediatric dentist within six months of the time he erupts a tooth or reaches one year of age. 

If you have a concern or already have a cavity, bring it up during your next dental appointment. Your baby’s teeth may be at risk if they have a history of cavities in their family, or if they sleep with a bottle, or when breastfeeding. 

Any white spots on the teeth, ulcers or sores in the mouth, bluish bruises where a tooth is attempting to grow, grinding, or tongue difficulties are all examples of other changes that parents should note.

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Top 4 Age Most Important Ages for Kids to Visit their Dentist

12 months of age

Within six months of the first tooth erupting, a child should have their first dental appointment. The first appointment typically lasts between 30 and 45 minutes. The dentist will examine your child’s dental health at this visit to ensure proper growth and development.

Age 1 

To create a solid basis for future dental care, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist by the age of one to ensure that they receive a thorough examination and cleaning.

During this dental visit, the dentists will have an important opportunity to assess your child’s oral health, which may include teething, food, and oral habits.

Age 4

The age of four is a vital period in a child’s development in correcting harmful oral habits such as sucking or chewing on their fingers and thumbs. Additionally, dentists can emphasize ways to assist a kid in swiftly and effectively overcoming these negative habits during a dental visit at the age of four. 

This dental visit serves as a vital link between when children should begin visiting the dentist and when they next visit 

Age 7

A child’s first molars erupt at the age of seven, leading to a backbite. 

Having ample time to analyze the front-to-back and side-to-side interactions between a child’s teeth and detect potential future dental disorders allows orthodontists to develop a plan to address such concerns.

If a child sees an orthodontist at the age of 7, he or she may be able to lessen the risk of tooth trauma and the likelihood of having to pull permanent teeth later on.

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Why Choose Junior Smiles of Stafford?

Our Stafford, VA team is well-versed in working with clients of various ages and backgrounds. They’ll take the time to get to know you and your family’s requirements, and they’ll work with you to design a treatment plan that suits your schedule. Sealants and fluoride treatments are just two of the many preventative care options we provide to keep your mouth healthy.

About Us

Visiting Junior Smiles of Stafford means you’re in good hands when it comes to receiving high-quality care. Your child’s dental health improves with each visit, ensuring a brighter smile for years to come. We adhere to the ADA and AAPD’s guidelines for best practices. 

Where Are We Located?

963 Garrisonville Rd #103

Stafford, VA 22556

Phone: (540) 699-2441

Fax: (540) 699-2464

Email: info@juniorsmilesofstafford.com


Monday and Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Wednesdays and Thursdays: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Fridays and Saturdays: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM (By appointment only)

How to Book Your Kids First Appointment at Junior Smiles of Stafford

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