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As summer approaches and many people anxiously await new family members, we thought now would be a good time to bring up something that often comes as a surprise to many new parents. When should their child start going to the dentist? Normally, the first teeth to erupt are the lower front teeth (incisors). This usually occurs around 6 months. What could be wrong with a tooth that a child just got in their mouth? Well, while it is unlikely there is anything ‘wrong’, it is a great opportunity to introduce your child to the routine of going to the dentist. This also gives the dental care team an opportunity to talk about things like home care, oral habits, diet, development, and any other questions you may have. The goal is for the child to have fun, non-stressful dental visits so as to lay a foundation for future worry free checkups.

If your child has not been to the dentist yet, make an appointment for them as soon as you can. Call your dentist and ask if they see children. If not, ask for a referral to a pediatric specialist.

For more information or to ask questions, feel free to comment or email us at 32pearls.seattle@gmail.com. We’d like to make this a regular feature and your feedback will help us to make it more informative and useful for everyone.