When do kids start going to the dentist? It’s a great question – and one we hear frequently here at The Super Dentists.
We’re the #1 pediatric dentistry in the San Diego area, thanks to a unique combination of high-skilled dentists, state-of-the-art dental technologies, and amazing amenities, unlike any other dentist office. Our revolutionary approach to kids’ dental care means that every child – including yours – will have an out-of-this-world experience every time they visit The Super Dentists!
Our pediatric care experts get tons of questions from concerned patients just like you. “When do babies go to the dentist” is a frequent query. The internet can give you a range of answers, recommending a first dental visit at age 2, or a first dental visit at age 3. And like these examples, many online answers aren’t quite correct.
It’s no wonder parents have questions!
Fortunately, we have the answer – actually, answers. That’s right, there are three key ages when kids should go to the dentist.
When Do Babies Go to the Dentist?
Your child’s first dental appointment – it’s an exciting time, yet also can create anxiety. When do babies need to go to the dentist? As we said above, there are three key ages when to take your child to the dentist.
While the first appointment is the most critical, dentist appointments are vital for kids when they are 1, 4, and 7 years old. Here’s why.
Why Should Kids See the Dentist at Age 1?
When do babies start going to the dentist? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children make their first visit to the dentist by no later than age 1 to establish a foundation for their dental care.
This dental visit allows parents to address their child’s oral health in a number of areas:
- Management of oral habits such as finger and thumb sucking
- Assessment of first teeth
- The connection between diet and oral health
- Development of gums and jawline
- How to care for an infant’s or toddler’s dental health
Your baby’s first dental visit is the foundation for life-long dental health. Make sure you write down any important questions you have for the pediatric dentist and follow up about the next appointment. Speaking of which, assuming everything’s okay with your child’s teeth and gums, you’ll want to pencil in their next visit to The Super Dentists.
Why Should Kids See the Dentist at Age 4?
After your baby’s first dental visit at age 1, you shouldn’t have to see the dentist again for about 3 years. Unless there are signs of tooth decay, or other problems with your baby’s teeth, schedule your child a dental checkup at age 4.
The American Dental Association reminds us that “children can get cavities as soon as their teeth first appear. Nearly one in four children ages 2–5 has cavities in their baby teeth. Cavities can hurt. Cavities also can cause children to have problems eating, speaking, learning, playing, and sleeping” So it’s good to pay attention in these first few years.
Age 4 represents a critical age for a child to correct bad oral habits such as sucking or chewing on fingers and thumbs. And with an age 4 dental visit, dentists can reinforce strategies to help young children overcome these bad habits quickly and effectively.
This dental visit is the important “bridge” between when kids should start going to the dentist (age 1) and when a child should see an orthodontist, which is 7 years old. Think of this visit as the transition from a “baby” dentist to a true pediatric dental visit. And with The Super Dentists, your child is assured of the absolute best dental treatment in Southern California!
So the first two important visits are done…the trifecta is nearly complete.
Why Should Kids See the Dentist at Age 7?
By age 7, a child’s first molars erupt, resulting in a backbite. This enables orthodontists to properly evaluate the front-to-back and side-to-side relationships between a child’s teeth and identify potential future dental problems and enough time to create a plan to solve those issues.
According to The American Association of Orthodontists, 7 is the perfect age for this visit. “By that age, a child will have a mix of baby and permanent teeth, and the orthodontist will be able to recognize orthodontic problems (“malocclusions”) even in their earliest stages.”
While at this first appointment, The Super Dentists’ orthodontists will also assess possible teeth alignment solutions in the near future. Depending on current alignment and future teeth movement, braces might be required. Most children who need braces typically receive them between ages 9 and 14, though some situations may necessitate a different timeframe.
By seeing an orthodontist at age 7, a child may be able to reduce the risk of tooth trauma as well as the need to extract permanent teeth in the future.
To recap… at what age should a child go to the dentist? To ensure your child has the best dental care, they will need to see the dentist at ages 1 and 4. They will want to see the dentist AND orthodontist at age 7.
Visit The Super Dentists for Exceptional Dental and Orthodontic Care – For any Age!
Have more questions about when babies go to the dentist, when to take your child to the dentist, or anything else related to pediatric dental care? We’re here to help!
Remember, where to take your baby to the dentist is as important as when. For many parents around the greater San Diego region, The Super Dentists is their #1 option when their babies go to the dentist. Our pediatric dentistry, orthodontics, and parent dentistry practice include six area offices serving the greater San Diego area.
If you’re ready to take your child to Southern California’s premier dentists and orthodontists, call 1 (855) GO SUPER, or text The Super Dentists at 1 (844) 765-1234. We also offer convenient online scheduling. Thanks for considering The Super Dentists for your baby’s first dental visit!
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About the Super Dentists
The Super Dentists is San Diego’s largest and most trusted Pediatric Dentist, Orthodontic and Parent Dentistry practice. We create the most unique and out-of-this-world dental experience for children and their parents. We are the only dental practice where kids ask, and even beg, their parents to take them to the dentist – imagine that!
We offer the newest technologies for the most comfortable, safe, and effective dental treatments. The Super Dentists accept most insurance, including Medi-Cal, and is available on the weekends and for emergencies. With 6 locations throughout San Diego and growing, the practice gives back to our communities whenever possible by hosting free quarterly events, and complimentary dental care to those in need.