When should a child see a pediatric dentist? The answer is when the baby teeth appear—not when all of the baby teeth have come in or when the first tooth is lost. Although it may seem premature for your child to visit the dentist at such an early age, doing so can help them establish good oral health habits early on that will last years into their childhood.

A pediatric dentist should see a child no later than age 3.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should be seen by a pediatric dentist no later than age 3. If you aren’t sure of your child’s age, don’t hesitate to bring them in for a checkup! The more familiar you are with their dental history, the better we can provide services for them.

When the baby teeth appear.

A child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist should occur when their baby teeth appear. The importance of the baby teeth is not just for chewing, biting and speech development but also to allow room for adult teeth to grow in. Baby teeth are often lost before age three, so it is important that they are cared for properly during this time.

When the first tooth is lost.

The first tooth to come in is called the incisor, which has a square shape. The second tooth is called the canine, and it’s triangular in shape. The third tooth is called the molar, much larger than an incisor or canine. As kids grow up, they lose their baby teeth one by one until they reach adulthood, when they have all their permanent teeth.

The first molar that falls out is called a deciduous molar. This happens before any other permanent teeth appear on your child’s face because there are only three types of baby teeth: incisors, canines and premolars — but no molars (second set). It will typically fall out around age 6 or 7, so your child will have a full set again for about six months before losing another tooth! This may happen once more before adulthood at age 12-14.

Decrease the risk for cavities.

Your child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist is a great time to start teaching them about dental health. The more you can get your kids into the habit of regularly brushing and flossing, the less likely they will be to develop tooth decay later on.

Delaying your child’s first visit until their second birthday will allow them to develop some immunity against bacteria in their mouths while they’re still young enough to have fewer cavities. Babies’ teeth are more sensitive than adult teeth, so they’re twice as susceptible to temperature changes and pressure. This means baby bottles may cause staining or damage if you don’t clean them thoroughly after each use. It also makes it easier for your little one’s gums—which are still forming—to become irritated from food trapped between the teeth or from acidic drinks like apple juice that can increase acid levels in their mouths (and ultimately lead to tooth decay).

Early detection of orthodontic problems.

Early detection of orthodontic problems.

Pediatric dentists are best equipped to detect dental irregularities, such as overcrowding or spacing issues, that may require orthodontic treatment in the future. A dentist who specializes in childhood dentistry can make sure that your child is on track with their development and will be able to identify any issues that need to be addressed before they turn into major problems later on.