Your Child's First Dental Appointment

Children need the dentist just as much as adults. At Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry, Drs. Aaron Stump, Jennifer Dixon, and Taylor Smith provide their little Charlottesville, VA, patients with the care they need at either office: Hollymead or Spring Creek.

What is dental pediatric care?

This is a dental specialty dedicated to children's oral health from infancy to their teen years. Children are just as susceptible as adults to gum disease and tooth decay. Parents shouldn't ignore their children's dental appointments. Just because milk teeth fall out and are replaced with permanent teeth, doesn't mean poor dental care can't hurt their oral hygiene.

More About Baby Teeth

Our 20 primary teeth start coming in (erupting) at about six months. Milk teeth fall out at various times but by age 21, adults have all 32 permanent teeth. For the full eruption chart, click here.

Your Child's First Dental Appointment

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend your child's first dental visit be six months after the baby's first tooth appears.

Drawbacks Of Ignoring Your Child's Dental Health

Failing to visit your Charlottesville dentist for regular checkups may result in a cavity going unnoticed and resulting in an infection that compromises your child's immune system.

How To Care For Children's Teeth

  1. Avoid giving your child too many foods and beverages with sugar.
  2. Brush their first tooth using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  3. Floss between teeth as soon as two adjacent teeth erupt.
  4. Visit your child's pediatric dentist twice a year for a routine check-up.

Need a consultation?

If you'd like to know more about your child's dental hygiene or would like to book your child's first dental appointment, don't hesitate to contact Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry. Drs. Aaron Stump, Jennifer Dixon, and Taylor Smith can help you at either Charlottesville, VA, office: Hollymead (434-975-7336) or Spring Creek (540-832-6657).

If you prefer texting, you can also reach Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry at 434-975-7336.

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