Child’s First Dental Visit

What Age Is Appropriate for a Child’s First Dental Visit?

Children need a dental check-up? Mark L. Teach, an experienced pediatric dentist in Buffalo explains what age is appropriate for a child’s first dental visit. If you have questions, or would like to schedule a dental appointment, please contact us today.

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Despite the common recommendation by pediatricians that infants at the age of one year should begin to visit dentists on a regular basis, it is difficult for dentists to treat children that young. Our office advises parents to look at their children’s teeth and only schedule appointments with dental professionals if they see any issues.

We recommend that a two- or three-year-old child be in attendance when a parent is having her or his teeth cleaned. We let the child sit in the chair in the corner with a toy or a book, and the child can watch her or his mother or father in order to feel more comfortable. If the child is receptive, we put the child in the chair and count her or his teeth. Sometimes we even give the child a ride in the chair. If parents closely monitor the amount of sugar that their children eat and do not provide bottles of milk at bedtime, the risk of children at these early ages to develop problems will be minimal.

Do you want your child to see the dentist? Contact our dentist in Buffalo today to schedule a consultation. We have been in private practice serving Buffalo and the Southtowns community in Buffalo for nearly 40 years, and welcomes the opportunity to put a smile on your face.

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