When Should You Take Your Child To The Dentist For The First Time? What To Know

As a new parent, you’ve got a lot going on. But oral health is important for people of all ages, and that includes toddlers and kids, too. So you may be wondering, when should you take your child to the dentist for the first time?

The answer may surprise you! In this blog from All Kids Dentistry, we’ll go over when your child should see the dentist for the first time, discuss the importance of choosing the right pediatric dentist in Valencia, and go over some tips on preparing for your little one’s first appointment. Let’s get into it!

At What Age Should Your Child Visit A Dentist For The First Time?

According to the Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should see the dentist for the first time when they get their first tooth, or when they turn one year old, whichever comes first. That’s our recommendation at All Kids Dentistry, too! If your child has their first tooth or has had their first birthday, it’s time to bring them in to visit Dr. Laura Greenwald.

But don’t worry. Even if your child is older than this, now is the best time to start taking them to the dentist. Whether they're two, three, four, or even older, it’s always best to start getting six-month checkups as soon as possible. Get in touch with Al Kids Dentistry today. We’re always accepting new patients in Valencia, CA and the surrounding areas!

Why You Should Choose A Pediatric Dentist For Your Child’s Visit

When you take your child to the dentist for the first time, it’s important to bring them to a specialty pediatric dentist, not a “general” or “family” dentist. Why should you choose a pediatric dentist for your child’s first dental visit? Find out now! 

  • Child-friendly atmosphere – It’s a lot easier for your kids to feel comfortable and welcomed in a truly child-friendly dental office. Pediatric practices like All Kids Dentistry have amenities that are great for kids, like toys and play areas, child-sized dental seats in operatories, and child-friendly staff. This makes you and your little one feel more welcome!

  • Unparalleled pediatric dental expertise –  General and family dentists can treat patients of all ages, but treating kids is not their specialty. In contrast, pediatric dentists like Dr. Greenwald exclusively focus on treating dental health issues in kids of all ages. 
  • Comprehensive care under one roof – Pediatric dentists often offer additional treatments like frenectomies, which may not be offered by general or “family” dentists. We also specialize in sedation dentistry and special needs dentistry for children at All Kids Dentistry, which makes it easier for your child to get the care they need.

How To Prepare For Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment

Are you wondering how to make sure your child is comfortable during their visit to All Kids Dentistry? Here are a few tips on preparing for their first visit to our Valencia pediatric dentistry office.

  • Teach them a little bit about dentistry – If your child is old enough, you can read them children’s books, watch YouTube videos, and help them learn a bit more about dentistry and its importance.

  • Bring some distractions – Bringing their favorite toys, books, or comfort items like blankets and stuffed animals can help your little one feel more comfortable as they wait for their appointment.

  • Choose a morning appointment, if possible – Tired kids are cranky kids. So, if possible, choose a morning appointment for your child’s first visit! We offer appointments as early as 8 AM every day, and even offer Saturday appointments by request.

  • Come up with questions for their pediatric dentist – Your appointment with Dr. Greenwald is a great opportunity to ask any questions that you may have about your child’s oral health and development, oral hygiene, diet, and other such topics.

Come To All Kids Dentistry For Expert Pediatric Dental Care In Valencia!

Our office is child-friendly, and our investments in advanced technology like dental lasers make it easy for your children to get the care they need without fear, anxiety, or discomfort. Whether you’re a new parent or just new to the area, All Kids Dentistry is the right choice for pediatric dental care. Contact us online or give us a call at (661) 349-8636 to schedule your little one’s first consultation and take control of their oral health.

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