How Often Should a Child See a Pediatric Dentist?

How often should a child see a pediatric dentist? According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a check-up every six months is recommended.

With routine check-ups, your pediatric dentist can help prevent cavities and address any other oral health problems. 

After a check-up, your pediatric dentist will evaluate your child’s oral health and schedule follow-up visits to keep them smiling and healthy. 

Dr. Himelhoch has years of experience providing children from Framingham, Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas with the best pediatric dental care possible.

First Pediatric Dentist Visit at the First Birthday

When the first tooth comes in, it’s time for a child’s first visit with a pediatric dentist. Generally, the first tooth comes in between 6 and 12 months of age. So, the AAPD recommends visiting when the first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday.

As a board-certified pediatric dentist and orthodontist, Dr. Himelhoch received years of specialized training. During this time, she focused on the unique needs of infants, toddlers, and teenagers. 

Due to her specialized training and experience, Dr. Himelhoch can provide the best care for kids, including those with special needs and behavioral challenges.

At your first visit, we’ll focus on creating a wonderfully positive experience for parent and child. A fun, educational experience helps create the foundation for a lifetime of better oral health habits.

Early Detection, Prevention, and Treatment 

With routine check-ups, Dr. Himelhoch and the team can detect any early signs of oral health issues. Then, they can prevent them from worsening with effective and gentle treatments, such as dental sealants or restorative dentistry.

With pediatric dental care, your child can avoid problems that worsen over time.

By the time they reach age seven, Dr. Himelhoch can advise the best orthodontic treatment. If your child received routine pediatric dental check-ups, they have a big advantage. Generally, routine care will help prevent the need for more extensive and costly treatments later in life.

Short, Sweet, Pleasant Experiences

At Smiles in Framingham, we love our young patients and always strive to create enjoyable and fun experiences.

For younger children, the appointments are usually very short and sweet. During visits, we will evaluate dental development and check for any decay. If there are any problems, we’ll discuss all the available options. Then, we’ll help determine the right treatment plan for you.

Always, we seek to encourage kids and create a calm, comforting environment. Our office is designed with kids in mind, and we love making kids feel special.

We Look Forward to Helping Your Family

Today, Smiles in Framingham is taking every precaution to keep everyone safe while providing routine dental and orthodontic care. To learn more about the steps we’re taking to keep everyone safe, please see our recent post here. 

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Dr. Himelhoch is trained and experienced in providing care for both pediatric and adult orthodontic problems to the residents of Framingham, MA. Also, we’re proud to serve Southborough, Ashland, Wayland, Natick, Marlborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, and the surrounding areas.