At what age should my child first visit the dentist?
We agree with the recommendation of the American Dental Association that states that children should start seeing the dentist when baby teeth start erupting, but no later than age one. At this stage, we don’t necessarily perform any actual treatment because we want to make sure your child is comfortable with us first.
During the first few visits at this early age, we just want your child to see visits to the dentist in a positive light. If there are no signs of serious dental problems, the extent of work we do depends on how receptive your child is. Dental care is obviously important, but making them feel positive about taking care of their teeth will last far into adulthood.
It’s crucial to monitor the health of your child’s baby teeth because they are placeholders for adult teeth, which are already developing in the gums. If a child develops a cavity, we need to fill it as soon as possible. Losing even one baby tooth too early can result in problems as permanent teeth emerge and may potentially lead to misalignment or other issues.
At Mill District Dental, we enjoy working with kids and helping them develop good oral health habits. Our team knows that each child has a unique personality, and we treat them accordingly. You can always be confident that your little one is receiving the highest quality dental care in a safe, friendly environment.
Please contact our Minneapolis dental office, and we’ll be happy to help you arrange your child’s first visit.