There are many healthcare milestones for a newborn, and as a new parent, you may be wondering where pediatric dentist visits fit in. Your baby is in a rapid state of development, and addressing health needs early will set them up for success. Here is a helpful guide on your child’s first dental care visit, including how you can make the most out of it.

When to Schedule the First Visit

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Every child is different. As a benchmark, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling a baby’s first visit within 6 months of their first tooth appearing. This is usually the central incisor, which appears between 6-10 months. A good rule of thumb is to schedule an exam before their first birthday, regardless of how many teeth have or haven’t erupted.

What to Expect

The pediatric dentist will focus on monitoring your child’s development and educating you. They’ll first examine any teeth for signs of decay and make sure they’ve erupted in the right place. The dentist will also carefully inspect gum tissue for lacerations, inflammation, or other health concerns. Finding these early ensures your baby receives the necessary care before problems can escalate.

This is your opportunity to ask questions, and it’s wise to create a list now. Ask their pediatric dentist for at-home brushing tips and ways to manage teething pain. They can also advise on tooth-healthy foods to prevent cavities and will create a care schedule for you to follow. Self-diagnosis and advice from friends are frequently incorrect, but your dentist will help you truly understand your child’s oral health. Many families build long-term relationships with their dentist that last for many years.


If you’re looking for a pediatric dentist, contact the team at Kapolei Keiki Dental on Oahu, HI. Drs. Dean, Stacie, and Stephen Sueda lead this family practice and specialize in pediatric care. They create a welcoming atmosphere for parents and children and will help with every stage of oral development. Call (808) 944-1020 to schedule an exam, or visit their website to learn more about the practice. You can also connect on Facebook for more dental care tips.