Pediatric dentist: Is it time for your child’s first dental visit?

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Pediatric Dentist: Is it time for your child’s first dental visit?

By the time your child reaches their first birthday, or within 6 months of their first tooth appearing, they should visit a pediatric dentist for their first exam.

What to expect at their first visit with Dr. Houlik

At Houlik Family Dentistry, patient comfort is our top priority with every visit.

The first visit generally lasts 30-45 minutes and entails examining the teeth, gums, jaw, and bite to assess growth and development. Moreover, this initial visit is to ensure your child feels comfortable in our dental office and to educate you on caring for your child’s baby teeth at home.

At your appointment, our dental team will start with a thorough cleaning and examination of your child’s baby teeth. Additionally, we will discuss nutrition and fluoride needs, along with recommending oral care products you can use at home. Lastly, we are happy to answer any questions you have about your child’s oral health needs.

At-home dental care for your little ones

Tooth decay is common in children but can be prevented with regular dental visits and proper daily care.

  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with a small amount of toothpaste (the size of a grain of rice) daily when their first tooth has erupted.
  • Avoid giving your child a bottle during naps and at bedtime to prevent tooth decay.
  • Limit sugary foods and drinks that can lead to tooth decay.
  • Be mindful of pacifier use and thumb sucking which can lead to dental problems after two years of age.

Schedule your child’s first appointment with Houlik Family Dentistry

Is your child ready to visit the dentist for the first time? We invite you to schedule with our caring team at Houlik Family Dentistry today! Book a new patient appointment online.


Thanks for your support!

– Dr. Houlik



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