Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Dr. Renee T. Mikulec

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends scheduling the first dental visit within six months of the arrival of the first tooth, and no later than your toddler’s first birthday. At that time, we will check for signs of proper development and will work on establishing oral health care practices, which lays the foundation of a lifetime of oral health.

Healthy primary teeth help with speech development and proper chewing. They also act as placeholders for the permanent teeth growing under the gums. Early dental care, starting with the first dental visit, is essential if you want to keep your baby’s pearly whites and gums in a healthy condition.

Most first dental appointments are quick and straightforward. Dr. Renee will greet your little one and make sure your child is comfortable. Next, she will perform a dental exam and evaluation of your baby’s teeth and gums. Depending on your child’s needs, she may recommend taking digital x-rays to uncover any conditions not visible during the exam. Your child will also have a dental cleaning to ensure the little chompers stay clean and healthy.

During the first dental visit, we will talk to you about oral hygiene practices, teething, and when to schedule your next appointment. Just like adults, kids should visit the dentist’s office twice a year. We will address any condition before it progresses, along with providing any needed preventative dentistry treatments. Our goal is to ensure your child’s smile stays bright and healthy.

Before and After The First Tooth

  • After every feeding, clean the gums by rubbing with a soft gauze pad.
  • Lower front 2 teeth grow in between 6 – 12 months.
  • Once the first tooth comes in, it’s time for your child’s first dental visit!

Preventing Tooth Decay

  • If your child regularly uses a sippy cup, or goes to bed with a bottle, make sure it only contains water.
  • Never dip your baby’s pacifier in honey or any other sweet substance before you give it to your baby.
  • Liquids like milk, juice and formula have sugars that can damage teeth. Your child should only have 6oz of juice a day, only at meal times. In between meals water is best.

Healthy Habits

  • Brush their teeth with a soft-bristled brush and water after each meal.
  • Don’t use toothpaste until the child reaches one year of age.
  • Provide a nutritious diet with minimal added sugars.
  • Discourage thumb sucking and pacifiers after age 3.

Schedule Your Child's First Visit with Helotes Children's Dentistry

We are currently accepting new patients. Give us a call and we’ll get your child scheduled for their first dental visit.

Office: (210) 201-2877