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When Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?

added on: December 20, 2018
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Many parents are unsure when their child should visit the dentist for the first time. It’s a question we hear quite often at our pediatric dental office in Spring, and one we’re more than happy to answer.


Believe it or not, a child’s dental care first starts during pregnancy. Baby’s teeth actually begin to form prior to birth, so it’s important for Mom to follow a balanced diet and ensure she’s getting a proper intake of vitamins and minerals. Regular dental appointments for Mom-to-be are essential. If Mom has any active gum disease or cavities, it’s imperative to have those treated.

It’s Teething Time!

As Baby’s teeth begin to erupt, usually around 6 months, your child may experience some teething pain. Rubbing his gums or giving him a wet washcloth to suck may help relieve the pain. It’s also the most important time for your child to first visit a pediatric dentist in Spring. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child should have his first visit with a dentist by 6 months, and no later than his first birthday. This visit ensures that everything is erupting without issue and allows your dentist to assess for possible future dental problems.


If your child has an accident that damages his teeth or mouth prior to the first recommended visit, we encourage you to see a pediatric dentist as soon as possible. Babies with developmental problems should also see a dentist earlier than usual. If an injury or developmental problem affects the teeth, other areas of the mouth, or jaw, it’s wise to also talk with your pediatrician.

At our pediatric dental office in Spring, we always encourage our patients’ parents to be proactive about child dental care. The earlier we see your child, the sooner we can catch and treat any potential issues.

Welcoming pediatric patients from Spring, The Woodlands, and surrounding areas.