When should I bring my child to the dentist?

If your child is teething, it’s time for the first visit!

Did you know…

  • Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease
  • 20% of children between the ages of 2 and 5 have had cavities
  • Children between 2 and 5 who have not visited a dentist within the past 12 months are more likely to have cavities.
  • 50% of ALL children have never been to a dentist.

What to expect on your first visit

A complete review of your child’s dental and medical history.
A dental cleaning/polishing and hygiene instruction performed by one of our highly trained dental assistants.
Appropriate digital x-rays.
An oral exam – Dr. Hillman will evaluate your child for their overall dental health including addressing orthodontic concerns.
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Children Under 2 are free*

Childrens Oral Health

one of the more common questions we hear from new parents is: “When should I bring my child in for their first visit?” The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) recommends bringing your child in for their first visit by the first birthday. This first visit serves to establish a Dental Home for your child. We will be able to provide regular checkups, emergency dental care, advice on pacifier/thumb habits, and guidance on oral health, diet, teething, etc.  By introducing your child to the pediatric dentist early on, they will experience fewer cavities and will have more fun. They will actually look forward to their dental checkups! What parent doesn’t dream of this?

Would you like to get your kiddo off to a great start? We offer well baby exams for children under the age of two.

Experience the difference

Our goal to make your child’s first dental experience a positive one. Whether it’s a simple checkup or restorative care, Smiles Dentistry for Kids provides comprehensive gentle dental care in a comfortable and welcoming environment. We treat your family like our family!

Dr. Matt Teaching Child

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*Regular value of at least $150. New patients only. Billable to insurance. Does not include X-rays. Cannot be combined with any other offers.

We are excited to welcome Dr Tara Craven to the Smiles Dentistry for Kids team!Learn More