Starting Early: Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Protecting your child’s oral health is important. That’s why you should start teaching good dental hygiene and oral habits early. Forming good habits now will last well into their adult life.

Most children begin teething around six months. Generally, a baby’s four front teeth come through the gums at about six months, although some children don’t have their first tooth until twelve to fourteen months. Most children get all of their baby teeth by the age of three. Dr. Sinclair recommends that you schedule the first appointment when they turn one or when the first tooth appears. Starting early reduces the likelihood of developing complex dental concerns such as:

  • Gum Disease
  • Cavities
  • Tooth Decay

Be sure to make routine dental checkups for you and your family members. This will help to protect you and your child’s oral and overall health.

Pediatric Routine Checkup

Your child’s first routine checkup will include:

  • Teeth cleaning
  • Diagnostic x-rays (as needed)
  • Charting of teeth and existing tooth conditions
  • Dental caries (cavities) screening
  • Evaluation of the gums
  • Examination of the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) and jaw position
  • Educating Parents for Pediatric Dentistry

At Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry, we believe in promoting strong foundations in prevention and oral home care. We offer a wide range of services to meet the needs of you and your family. Our environment is safe and child-friendly. Dr. Cappy Sinclair and his highly trained staff will ensure that your child’s first and future dental visits are positive ones. Remember, starting early will help to foster a level of comfort for your child as well as promote good healthy oral care habits.