When Do You Take a Baby to the Dentist? Baby’s First Dental Visit

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There are so many things to keep track of when you have a new baby. One thing you don’t want to let fall off your radar in all the chaos is taking your baby to the dentist for the first time. 

A baby’s first trip to the dentist can be stressful for both the parents and the baby, so it’s a good idea to have a clear idea of what to expect, starting with when you should make the appointment. 

So when should you take your baby to the dentist for the first time, and what will happen at the appointment? Let’s discuss.

Making the Appointment

You should make the appointment for your baby’s first dental visit as soon as their first tooth starts coming in, but at least before their first birthday, according to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).  

This may seem soon to need a dentist visit, but the truth is that even a baby can get cavities. Baby teeth may be temporary, but the back teeth will probably stick around until your child is 10 or 12 years old. A proactive approach to your baby’s dental health from the start will ensure they have a bright smile for life. 

Preparing for the Appointment

It may help to schedule a morning appointment rather than an afternoon appointment, so your baby is as alert and cooperative as possible. You may also want to help your baby practice opening their mouth, so they’re ready for the dentist. When talking to your child about the visit, use positive language and be as encouraging as possible. 

On the parents’ side of things, you can prepare by writing down a list of questions you might want to ask the dentist. If possible, ask for and fill out any new patient forms ahead of time, so you don’t have to waste extra time at the dentist’s office. 

What to Expect from the Visit

Your baby’s first dentist visit probably won’t take very long. The dentist will get to meet your baby, do a quick count of their teeth, and check them along with the gums, tongue, and lips to make sure everything is healthy. If the baby is one year old or younger, the dentist generally won’t do teeth cleaning. 

The dentist will likely also spend some time talking to you about your family dental history as well as telling you what to expect going forward with your baby’s teeth. 

Schedule an Appointment 

If your baby has teeth coming in already or is nearing their first birthday, now is the perfect time to book their first appointment with a dentist. Choosing a dentist is a big decision, but there’s no better choice for those in Colorado Springs than Crossroads Family Dentistry. We will treat you like family!