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When should I bring my child in for their first dental visit?

At Alpine Family Dentistry, we make the same recommendation as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry when it comes to your child's first dental visit. You should bring your child in for their first dental appointment by the time they receive their first tooth or by their first birthday.

Starting dental appointments early on in a little one’s life is important because it can help your child get acclimated to visiting the dentist at a young age. That way, your child is less likely to experience dental anxiety when dental work becomes necessary. If your child develops a cavity that needs attention or suffers a tooth injury, the experience will be much less traumatic if they are treated in a dental office they feel comfortable in.

young boy sitting in dental chairEarly dental care may also save you money. According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a study published in Pediatrics, a peer-reviewed medical journal, showed that children who visit the dentist for their first exam before their first birthday have 40 percent lower dental costs in the first five years of their lives than children who do not receive dental care before their first birthday. With regular visits, your dentist can help your children keep their teeth clean and healthy, which means fewer dental problems as they age.

My Child’s First Dental Appointment

At your child’s first dental appointment, you can expect a thorough assessment of his or her oral health. During the appointment, Dr. Brett and our friendly dental team will help educate you on the best methods for providing excellent dental care to your child. While you are in our dental office, feel free to ask any questions you have about your child’s dental care needs. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we always want you to feel comfortable with your child's dental care and treatment.

Children’s Dentist in Eagle River, AK

At Alpine Family Dentistry, we can help you keep your children’s teeth healthy and their smiles bright as they grow. Reach out today to schedule your child’s first dental appointment with Dr. Brett.

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