Your Child's First Dental Visit

Our goal is to make your child's first visit a positive one and create a comfortable, caring dental home that provides the resources your little one needs to establish good oral health. 

When your baby's teeth start to come in

The eruption of your baby's first tooth represents an important milestone in their development and an excellent time to establish a strong foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. For this reason, The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling a visit with a pediatric dentist "by age one or within six months after the first tooth erupts." However, as things stand, many babies do not get brought to the dentist until they are a bit older, or a problem arises. 

The importance of baby teeth

Beyond the apparent functions of helping your child chew and speak, baby teeth also play an essential role in the future development of your little one's smile. Acting as placeholders, this first set of primary teeth helps to guide the permanent ones into their proper positions as they erupt into place. Because your child's baby teeth are immediately susceptible to tooth decay, you must start keeping your child's smile clean and healthy from the moment they appear in the mouth. 

Making every dental visit a positive and engaging experience

As skilled and compassionate providers of care, we're well aware of children's unique dental needs and can help your little ones become accustomed to sitting in the dental chair from the earliest age. Every member of our staff has experience working with young children and knows just how to make them feel engaged and at ease.

 From your child's very first visit, we'll advise you on the most effective methods of keeping their teeth clean and discuss the foods, beverages, and harmful oral habits that can lead to dental problems. While getting children into a regular oral hygiene routine can be challenging, we'll give you tips and advice on brushing their teeth to help make this practice a fun part of their daily activities. And, as your child grows, we keep an eye on dental and jaw development, providing preventive care as well as any other indicated services along the way. 

The importance of routine care

To help keep your child's smile healthy and bright, we recommend checkups twice a year. In this way, we can examine your child's smile to assess oral health and development as well as check for any emerging conditions. By providing preventive care and treatment for any issues early in their onset, we can help your child enjoy the benefits of optimal oral health.

Wellwood Family Dentistry | Cosmetic Dentistry, Extractions and Digital Radiography

Contact Info

2835 Smith Avenue
Suite A
Baltimore, MD 21209