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When Should My Child First See a Dentist?

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends bringing in your child by their first birthday. The benefits of early dental care are broad and far-reaching, and they go beyond learning to be comfortable with the doctor—although that’s important too. The first dental visit allows our experienced pediatric dentists, Dr. William Chan and Dr. Denise Goodman, to evaluate the health of your child’s mouth. We will examine the oral structures and see if there are any signs that problems may arise in the future.

During this consultation, we will also discuss proper oral care with new parents. This is also an ideal time to start acclimating your child to dental procedures, most importantly routine cleanings. We make every effort to keep your child calm, comfortable, and cooperative. However, we understand each child is unique and has a different response to new experiences. We’re happy to provide details about what to expect, so you can prepare your child for their first visit with our warm and friendly dentists.