Baby’s First Appointment: When Should You Start Taking Your Child To The Dentist?

If you’re a new parent, you’ve got a lot to deal with. Dirty diapers and sleepless nights are the norm, and the last thing you’re thinking about is when you need to start taking your baby to the dentist. However, prioritizing your baby’s oral health is critical for their overall development, especially during teething.

Here at Cashmere Family Dentistry, our team has explored pediatric oral care and is offering their best advice on when to take your baby to the dentist. Learn how to ensure your child has the oral care that they need to stay happy and healthy!

When should my child first see a dentist?

It’s recommended by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry that infants must be taken for their first dental visit as soon as their first baby tooth erupts, or right after their first birthday.

The healthy development of baby teeth is critical for the health of your child. They help your child speak normally and chew naturally. And they form the path that permanent teeth will follow once they erupt.

Because of this, it’s essential to schedule check-ups for your child every 6 months, and keep a close eye on their oral health and well-being.

What’s the difference between a family dentist and a pediatric dentist?

Family dentistry and pediatric dentistry are often considered the same thing, but this isn’t actually the case. While many family dentists often treat children, that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily their specialty. Pediatric dentists go through 2-3 years of additional training after dental school, and specialize in ensuring the health and strong development of your child’s teeth. This makes them specialists at recognizing common infant oral health problems, and a much better choice for your child.

Does my child need to see a pediatric dentist?

It’s highly recommended that your child sees a pediatric dentist for the first few years to make sure they’re on the best possible path to good oral health. Dr. Janie Busk is an exceptional children’s dentist, offering pediatric dentistry services in the Cashmere and Leavenworth areas.

As a mother and dentist, she understand how far kindness, a gentle touch and good habits go. It’s also essential to start your child at the right dentist. This not only creates consistency for your child, but by visiting the same dentist each year, your child’s progress can be tracked more effectively and any potential issues with their oral health can be treated proactively.

Cashmere Family Dentistry – Serving Cashmere, Leavenworth and beyond!

The team at Cashmere Family Dentistry wants every member of your family to be well cared for, and we specialize in treating patients of all ages. From baby teeth to dental implants, cosmetic dentistry and more, we have the skills and services to take care of your whole family’s oral health. Call us today at 509.293.6097 to schedule your first appointment!