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As a parent, you have quite a lot on your plate. One of those tasks is figuring out when to take your kids to the dentist for the first time. On top of that, you have to decide when is the best time to teach kids about the value of oral health.

There are a lot of different opinions out there, and today we’re going to lay out our own case for pediatric dentistry.

When do I bring my kids in?
Most any dentist will recommend that your kids see a dentist either when they get their first tooth, or on their first birthday. Regardless of which occurs first, you shouldn’t wait any longer than the first birthday for the appointment.

Why do they need pediatric dentistry?
This is a question that Dr. Norma Cortez receives quite often. The short answer is that dentists who work only with kids are trained in specifically handling younger kids during their formative years. A dental office can be a scary place for kids, but a pediatric dentist knows how to handle those nerves. The best ones help kids learn to love the dentist’s office.

Why so early?
The reason you want to bring kids in to the dentist early is to help them establish good oral health habits. That helps your kids have great oral health for the rest of their lives, on top of saving you money from handling oral health issues like cavities.

The team here at Cape Fear Smiles in Wilmington, North Carolina, is always ready to help. If you have any other questions or need to make an appointment, please call us today at 910-763-0931.