Why Would A Baby Need A Dentist

If you’re a new parent, you've got enough on your plate. Feeding your child, changing diapers, visiting the pediatrician, and more. Your schedule is busy! So is it really necessary to take your infant or young toddler to see the dentist, too?

The answer is “yes!” And in this blog from Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry, we’ll explain why your baby should start seeing the dentist for preventive care every six months, starting when they're one year old.

Does My One-Year-Old Really Need To See The Dentist?

Yes. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists (AAPD) recommends that children start seeing the dentist whenever their first tooth comes out, or whenever they turn one year old, whichever happens first.

And that’s our recommendation at Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry, too. We love seeing infants, toddlers, and kids of all ages, and providing families with the expert pediatric dental care they need in San Antonio. But why is it necessary to start seeing a pediatric dentist so early? Here are just a few reasons your child should start visiting Dr. Angie Sage and our team!

Seeing A Dentist Helps With Early Detection And Prevention

The sooner your child starts seeing a dentist, the sooner their dentist can start monitoring their oral health and development. This helps with the early detection of oral development issues, cavity prevention, and more.

Just like seeing their pediatrician to protect their whole-body health, seeing a pediatric dentist like Dr. Sage every six months helps ensure that everything is on track. And, if there are any potential issues, early intervention ensures that your child’s oral health will be protected.

Routine Visits Help Children Learn Not To Fear The Dentist

Not only do regular dental visits help your child’s mouth stay healthy, but they also help them develop a good attitude toward dental care. When kids start seeing the dentist from a very young age, they become more familiar with the process. 

This means they're less likely to develop fear or anxiety around dental visits. The child-friendly dental team at Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry always welcomes kids of all ages, and we do our best to create an environment where kids can truly have fun and enjoy their dental visits.

Your Baby’s First Visit Is Meant To Help You Learn, Too!

As a new parent, you’ve probably got some questions about how to care for your child’s teeth, what to feed them to protect their oral health, and more! That’s another great reason to schedule a preventive visit for your baby.

Yes, preventive care is meant to help keep your child’s mouth healthy. But it’s also meant to help educate you (and your little one, when they're old enough) on the best ways to keep your child’s teeth healthy. During your visit at Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry, you can ask Dr. Sage any questions that you may have about your child’s oral health. She’ll be happy to provide you with the guidance you need.

Schedule Your Baby’s First Appointment In San Antonio – Contact Us Today!

If your little one is overdue for their first appointment in San Antonio, Dr. Sage and the dental team at Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry are here for you. We're always accepting new patients in the greater San Antonio area, and we’d be happy to meet you and your child. Contact us online or give us a call at (210) 822-8381 to schedule a consultation right away.

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