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When Should Parents Take Their Children for Their First Dental Checkup?

Good oral health starts with establishing good dental habits. Many parents have asked Dr. Vines of Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry about pediatric dental health, and have questioned him as to the best time to bring their children in for their first dental checkup.

The American Dental Association highly recommends that parents bring their children to the dentist as soon as they cut their first tooth, or by their first birthday – whichever occurs first. This is for a number of reasons. First, it allows children the chance to become familiar with the dental office and staff, as well as our pediatric dentist Dr. Harris herself. Second, it gives the dentist the opportunity to monitor their dental developments, and educate parents on the best way to take care of their child's gums and new teeth. Third, this examination allows parents the chance to ask any questions that they may have regarding their child's oral health.

During this initial examination, Dr. Harris can discuss pediatric dental health with the parents, and give them tips and techniques for excellent oral care for their children. By starting a child off early with brushing, flossing, and maintaining dental appointments in Redlands, parents can get their children off to a good start for continuing to enjoy the benefits of good oral health care practices. This can set them up for a lifetime of great dental health!

After the initial appointment, parents will then be able to schedule their child's follow-up visit to maintain regular contact with the dentist and ensure that their dental progress goes as intended. Any abnormalities or concerns can then be brought up with the dentist during these appointments to give attention to these issues early on for better success.

Pediatric dental health is important to Dr. Harris in Redlands. Her dental office, Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry, provides dental care for patients of all ages, including children. Are you considering a family dentist in the Redlands area? Call Pure Gold Professionals in Dentistry today to schedule an appointment to get started receiving the best in dental care.

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