When to Start Visiting a Pediatric Dentist in Aliso Viejo

When to Start Visiting a Pediatric Dentist

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your child start
visiting the dentist as soon as the first tooth appears or when they
turn one year. Babies get cavities too. Many parents don’t realize the
benefits of visiting a pediatric dentist early. If you haven’t started
pediatric dental checkups for your child, here’s what you need to

  • According to research, 21% of American children between ages 2
    and 5 have cavities. That’s the number one reason why you should start
    dental visits very early. Even if your child has one tooth, that tooth
    can develop cavities.

  • There are many things you don’t know about the oral health of
    your baby, and taking them to the pediatric dentist provides an
    opportunity for you to learn.

  • During pediatric dental visits, you have an opportunity to ask
    questions. This provides you with an opportunity to clear the myths
    about baby teeth that are passed on from generation to

  • During a pediatric dental appointment, your dentist examines the
    overall oral health of your baby including checking to see if they are
    at risk of developing problems in the future.

What to expect with a first visit

During your first visit, your pediatric dentist will examine your
baby’s teeth and gums. They also check whether your baby requires
special care for example they may notice dental enamel defects.

Your pediatric dentist will also talk about nutrition. They’ll tell
you about foods that increase the risk of cavities.

You’ll also learn about simple daily oral hygiene habits like
brushing and flossing that are proper for your baby’s age.

Pediatric dentist vs. family dentist

So what if you already have a family dentist? We advise that your
baby should see a pediatric dentist or a family dentist who has also
specializes in pediatrics. This is because pediatric dentists not only
examine, diagnose and treat children, they also have special skills for
handling children even if they have dental anxiety. Visit us or call us
to make an appointment for your baby.