Did you know that a baby should see a dentist by age one? The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) all recommend that children see a dentist by their first birthday. Even though babies may not have all of their teeth yet, seeing a pediatric dentist is beneficial. This allows a baby’s jaw and tooth development to be checked and any potential issues to be caught early on.
Why See a Pediatric Dentist?
A pediatric dentist has additional training and education to specifically work with kids. Baby teeth are different than permanent teeth. Our pediatric dentists specialize in treating kids similar to a pediatrician in the medical field. Pediatric dentists also take courses on working with kids who have special needs.
Dr. Angie Sage is passionate about preventative care and teaching kids (and their parents) how to best take care of their teeth so that they do not have more serious issues later in life. This process begins at a child’s first appointment. Studies have shown that kids who wait to see a dentist until after age one are more likely to require restorative and emergency visits. In addition, a year one exam could even save you money!
Infant Lap Exams
You might be wondering how we will check a baby’s teeth, since babies are not always cooperative. We perform what we call, an infant lap exam, where a parent holds the baby facing them and lays them down in their lap. Sitting knee to knee, one of our doctors will quickly check their mouth and teeth while they lay down in the parent’s lap. This is safe, fast, and effective!
If you have a baby approaching age one that has not had a dental exam, give us a call today. The Alamo Heights Pediatric Dentistry team is excited to welcome you to the family!