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By Jill Feilmeier on April 30, 2015 in Kid's Health


Babies work pretty hard when they’re getting new teeth – drooling, crying, chewing on toys. It can be a challenging experience for parents and little ones alike, and when those teeth finally break through it can be a big relief. But as with so many other parts of parenting, your work doesn’t end there.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child should go to the dentist within 6 months of getting the first tooth – and no later than the child’s first birthday. In the hustle and bustle of the first year, it can be tough to remember one more thing to do, but pediatric dentists like Dr. Ryan Hajek stress that the first dental visit is critical for your little one’s oral health for years to come.

“The first visit sets the stage for a child’s future dental health,” says Dr. Hajek.   At the first dental check-up, the main focus is on prevention of dental disease.  The dentist will check your child for cavities, educate on how to brush and floss your baby’s teeth, and talk to you about how to keep their smile healthy.

“The first visit gives us a chance to start the conversation with the parents about oral health,” Dr. Hajek says. “That way, we can work as a team with the parents to ensure the best oral health care for kids from the beginning.”

So when you grab your phone to take a photo of baby’s first tooth, take a minute to call and make an appointment with a dentist at the same time. Your child will thank you for years to come! Learn more at