When Should Kids Start Seeing the Dentist?

As soon as your child gets their first tooth, you can begin brushing their teeth with a soft-bristled child’s toothbrush and smear of toothpaste the size of a grain of rice. Start flossing when they have two teeth touching. By three years old, you can brush with a pea-sized amount of toothpaste.

Here at Southwest Smiles, we offer children’s dentistry for ages 4+! By this age, children will have all 20 baby teeth.

Benefits of Early Childhood Dental Visits

Oral healthcare for children is about more than just about their teeth. There are many things that can affect a child’s teeth and gums that a dentist will be able to help with! Early and routine visits to the dentist during childhood allows their dentist to:

  • Check for tongue ties and dental disease, such as cavities and gum disease
  • Discuss healthy oral care habits
  • Evaluate the development of their baby teeth and permanent teeth
  • Answer any questions you have about your child’s oral health
  • Help your child develop a positive association with going to the dentist

The Importance of Baby Teeth

Even though baby teeth are temporary, they play a critical role in your child’s health. Baby teeth help them learn how to eat solid foods and assist with speech development. These teeth act as placeholders for their underlying adult teeth. They also help your child smile and communicate with confidence!

Your Family Dentist in Austin, TX

Are you looking for a trusted family dentist in Austin, TX? At Southwest Smiles, we’d love to meet your family’s dental care needs and help you maintain a lifetime of superb oral health.

Please contact us today to schedule visits for your entire family! We offer family block scheduling for your convenience, complimentary beverages, private treatment rooms with TVs, free WiFi, and comprehensive dentistry, as well as same-day emergency dentistry.

Contact Us