From the moment your little bundle of joy entered the world, you have done everything you can to make sure they are happy and healthy. You pay close attention to their feeding and sleep schedules, you take special care to keep your home safe for them as they begin to explore their surroundings, and you bring them to their pediatrician for regular well-baby checkups. Shouldn’t the same level of care extend to their dental health? You may be wondering when you should schedule baby’s first dental appointment. All Smiles By Design is here to help even our tiniest Henderson, NV patients and their families keep their smiles healthy and beautiful their whole lives through. Click here for more information about our Pediatric Dentistry services. 

Choosing the Right Pediatric Dentist

When scheduling baby’s first appointment, it is important to look for a practice that understands the unique needs of infants and children, and caters to them to make the process of going to the dentist simple, painless and fun. Your child’s dentist should have a pleasant, non-threatening demeanor and specialize in pediatric or family dental care. When looking for a dental practice for baby’s first appointment, be sure to look for a practice with a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and caring, compassionate staff members. This dentist, after all, will set the tone for all your baby’s dental visits in years to come- it is essential that she provides a good first experience for your little one.

Baby’s First Appointment

Your baby’s first visit to the dentist depends largely upon when she cuts her first tooth. Both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry agree that a baby should first visit her dentist within six months after her first tooth appears, but no later than her first birthday. The pediatric dentist can check the placement and health of the tooth or teeth she has, and also educate the parents on proper brushing techniques for infants, recommend pediatric oral care products, and discuss fluoride requirements for babies and children.
Seeing the dentist early on in your baby’s life can also serve the important purpose of creating a familiar routine, so your child can grow up without fear of the dentist and see it as a normal occurrence. Having a friendly and gentle pediatric dentist show your child the standard procedure of a dental exam and cleaning early on in life can lessen or completely eliminate the anxiety that many people feel about going to the dentist. Showing your baby that there is nothing to be afraid of at the dentist’s office can foster a positive connotation with dental exams that can last your child throughout her life.
If you are looking for a capable, gentle family dentist in Henderson, NV, Dr. Terrie X. Tran and the staff at All Smiles By Design are here for you! Call today to schedule baby’s first appointment- 702-492-9399.