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When Should A Baby See A Dentist For The First Time? Earlier Than You Think

Portrait of a young girl sitting in a dentist's chair giving a thumbs up

By: Shari Maurer,

Taking care of your kids’ teeth is as important as taking care of the rest of their bodies. Looking at your toothless wonder, it may be hard to imagine a life full of dental visits, orthodontia, and maybe even oral surgery (because wisdom teeth rarely behave themselves and often need to be removed) but they are all a reality and may come sooner than you might think.

If you want to get an early start on dental health, you might wonder when your baby should see a dentist to make sure you don’t get behind on their tooth care.

Within six months of those little white gems poking through their baby gums or when they are a year old, whichever comes first, you should schedule your baby’s first dental appointment, according to the American Dental Association (ADA).

The ADA says this is important because, “being proactive about your child’s dental health today can help keep his or her smile healthy for life.” They even have a Find-A-Dentist tool to make it easy for you to locate one near you.

Ok, that sounds way earlier than you may have anticipated, but it really is in your best interest that you get this done sooner than later. Dr. Chris Kammer DDS, Founding Father of the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health and Spry Dental Defense expert, tells Romper that the 1-year mark is important because “bad habits can begin at early ages and the damage can be devastating and have lifelong health considerations as well as psychological challenges.

It’s so much better to prevent teeth problems as soon as possible and save time, money, tears and teeth!” And if your little one is early to the teething game, some babies can have up to 8 teeth by the time they hit 1, Dr. Kammer says, you’ll want to schedule a visit before their first birthday.

And before you try to schedule an appointment for them at the same office you go to, you need to make sure your dentist is experienced and educated in the art of pediatric dental care.

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One Response to “When Should A Baby See A Dentist For The First Time? Earlier Than You Think”

  1. Sam Li

    I like what you said about being proactive about your child’s oral health. Finding a kids dentist is a great move to make. If my family moves, I’ll be sure to find a new dentist for my kids.


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