Pediatric Dentistry

We absolutely love seeing kids of all ages at Chester Creek Dental.

When should I make my child’s first dental appointment?

We get this question all the time. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child’s first dental visit to be within six months of getting their first tooth, but no later than one year of age.

We like to make the first dental visit a positive experience for your child. This means that we adjust the goals we have for the appointment based on how your child responds to being at the dentist.

Some kids let us examine and quickly brush their teeth at their first appointment, while others would prefer us not to touch them at all. If your child leaves our office with no negative feelings after their first appointment, we are happy! Over time, they will become more and more comfortable with being here.

How can I keep my child’s teeth healthy?

Helping your child brush their teeth before bed and after any sugary drinks or foods (including breast milk) is key to keeping their teeth from decaying and forming cavities. The earlier they start brushing, the better!

Why are the baby teeth important if they are going to be replaced anyway?

Your child’s permanent teeth start to come in around age 6 and they get their last ones around age 12. The baby teeth are incredibly important for keeping appropriate space for the permanent teeth and guiding them into the right spots.

Keeping baby teeth healthy also helps your child to avoid unnecessary pain from cavities and infections.

When do most children first see an orthodontist?

The American Association of Orthodontists recommends that children have a visit with an orthodontist around age 7. Orthodontists are often able to identify potential future problems and keep them from progressing. Usually orthodontic problems are easier to correct when they are identified early on.

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