Southlake Dental

When should my child see the dentist for the first time?

If you’re the parent of a small child, you will play a crucial role in maintaining their oral health as they age. Together with your Merrillville dentist, you will help your child learn to brush, floss, and successfully care for their teeth. But when does this process begin?

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that children see a dentist after receiving their first tooth or by their first birthday, whichever is earlier. This early start ensures that a knowledgeable dentist is monitoring your child’s smile from a young age and that your child starts getting used to being in a dental chair to help reduce any potential dental anxieties.

Although we would like to see your child starting around the age of one, we won’t begin “actual” dental treatment until more teeth have developed during their toddler years. By the time your child is two or three years old, they should have enough teeth for us to perform basic dental cleanings and for you to focus on their oral care while they’re at home. 

By visiting a Merrillville children’s dentist regularly, you help your child develop healthy dental habits that will last as they grow up. The more exposure they get to the dentist while they’re young, the better off they will be!

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