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Pediatric Dentistry: When Should a Child First Visit the Dentist?

Thursday, October 7th, 2010
Pediatric Dental Visit

Do you know when children’s teeth begin to form?  Would you believe that children’s teeth actually start forming before birth?  The first primary teeth, also known as baby teeth start to show themselves at 4 months of age. 

Keeping that in mind, when is the best time to take your child for the first visit to the dentist?  The best time to make you child’s first dental appointment is as soon as the first tooth appears.

It is also a good idea to begin brushing your child’s teeth daily in order to establish a routine of good oral hygiene.  At the latest, children should visit the dentist by the time that they reach their first birthday.

It is important that your child has a good experience at the dentist office.  The first relationship that your child has with a dentist and the whole dental process is sure to leave a lasting impression.

To prepare for your child’s first dental visit, it is a good idea to explain what the dentist will do.  It is also a good idea to read your child a book about a trip to the dentist.

It may be a good idea for you to role play about what the visit to the dentist will be like.  It may also be a good idea for the parent to sit in the dental chair and have the child sit on the parent’s lap for the duration of the dental visit.

It is also a good idea to take younger children along for an older sibling’s dental visits.  This will help to get them more familiar with and better prepare them for visits to the dentist office

At a child’s first dental visit, our dental professionals will examine your child’s mouth for early signs of tooth decay and other potential dental problems. Dr. Simkha will give you advice on helping your child grow up cavity-free. After the first dental visit, it is important that your child sees the dentist regularly.

Men, women and children who would like to make a dental appointment with Dr. Simkha can do so by calling Prestige Dental today at (212) 683-4330.  To get more dental tips and to find out how to keep your teeth looking great, be sure to check the Dental 5 Star blog regularly.  If you would like to have that great smile that you’ve always dreamed of, call Dr. Simkha at Prestige Dental or visit us online at to find out more information about Invisalign, dental veneers and many other dental procedures that can help give you that winning smile!