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As a parent you want the very best for your child. Getting their oral hygiene and development off on the right foot reduces the chances of dental problems throughout the course of their life.

The American Dental Association recommends that you bring your child to their first dental checkup at some point between when the first teeth emerge and their first birthday. As a general rule of thumb most children get their first teeth around four to six months old. While it is not set in stone it is usually the bottom two front teeth that emerge first, with their last molars coming in a little after their second birthday.

Their first dental checkup helps to insure that child’s mouth is developing normally. It’s also a good time for you to ask any questions you might have.

Schedule the appointment in the morning or shortly after their afternoon nap reduces the chances that your child will fuss. Young children are more likely to fuss when they are tired or hungry. While you are waiting and during the appointment it’s important to maintain a positive attitude as this will greatly influence your child’s mood.

If you are ready to bring your child in for their first dental checkup, please call us 773.252.5757 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting your child and helping them get a good start on a health mouth!