If you’re a new parent, you likely have lots of important questions about your child’s oral health. Sure, we get asked common questions about brushing, flossing, and general dental care, but perhaps the question we hear most often surrounds the issue of taking a child to the dentist for their very first visit. When exactly is the timing right? At what age should a child regularly see their dentist? Our very own Dr. Jeni Hill from our Little Rock practice explains in our latest video!

Before joining our team, Dr. Hill served as a general dentist at a pediatric dental practice for nearly four years, and many parents would ask her when they should bring their child to the dentist for the first time. Her professional recommendation is to bring your child to the dentist by the age of two. By then, your child has all (or almost all) of their baby teeth. Here at Austin Family Dentistry, we want your child’s trip to the dentist to be a fun experience, and we certainly do not want your child to associate the dentist with pain. If you wait to bring your child in until they are experiencing a specific problem and they are also in pain, they may develop a fear of the dentist and dental treatment – which can last throughout adulthood.

When your child reaches two years of age, we also recommend trying to discourage them from using a pacifier or sucking their thumb. Doing so can push their front teeth forward and push their bottom teeth back toward their tongue due to pressure. Also, like thumbsucking, a sippy cup can also put pressure on your child’s front teeth and can push them forward. If your child is using a sippy cup, we recommend using the kind that your child can drink all the way around, as shown in our video. This type of cup does not place pressure on your child’s front teeth. Additionally, sippy cups that feature a hard spout can lead to pressure on the teeth, resulting in possible damage or deformation.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s oral health, please contact our Little Rock family dental care practice today! In addition to an experienced dentist, a good hygienist makes all the difference when it comes to your oral health, and you’ll find the absolute best in the area at our dentist office in Little Rock, AR. Austin Family Dentistry specializes in family dentistry, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, sedation dentistry, and much more. Click below to make an appointment with us today!