When should my child first visit the dentist?
The general recommendation of the American Dental Association is that children see the dentist when their first tooth appears but no later than their first birthday.
As a parent, you may wonder why your child needs to be seen at such a young age. There are a couple of good reasons for this recommendation.
Taking care of baby teeth
First, even though they will eventually come out, baby teeth play a significant role in your child’s dental development. Baby teeth hold space for permanent teeth that are already developing in the gums so that when these teeth do emerge, they will erupt in the proper position.
Getting your child used to the dental office
Second, and possibly more importantly, your child deserves a positive start with their oral health care. This involves helping your child get comfortable with us and accustomed to the strange surroundings of a dental office. A child who has nothing but positive dental experiences is far more likely to be proactive with their dental health as an adult.
Sullivan Dental Partners is a fourth generation dental office and has been practicing children's dentistry in Brentwood, TN for decades. You can trust our team to know just how to handle your child’s unique needs so they grow up feeling confident about their dental care.
Please call us to arrange your child’s next appointment!