Age 1 Dental Visit

Dental Care for Children

Parents often ask, “When should my child first see a dentist?” The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly encourages the first dental care visit by one year of age. Early prevention of cavities is the goal. To accomplish this, parents need to understand their child’s risk of developing cavities.

When you and your child visit with our team of pediatric dental specialists, we assess proper growth and development of your child’s mouth and make suggestions for oral habits such as thumb and pacifier. You will learn about proper oral hygiene and how to care for your child’s mouth to help prevent common oral problems in children. While we provide state-of-the-art treatment if necessary, prevention and education are very important at our practice.
During your visit you will also learn how to manage your child’s diet, provide proper use of fluoride, and help perform adequate oral hygiene. Cavities aren’t the only thing parents should learn about their child’s dental health, and during your visit we will discuss:

  • How to care for an infant’s or toddler’s teeth and mouth
  • Proper use of fluoride and toothpaste
  • Oral habits, including finger, thumb and pacifier sucking
  • Ways to prevent accidents that could damage the face and teeth
  • Teething and milestones of development
  • The impact of diet (including beverages and oral health)

As your child grows, the Smiles In Motion pediatric dental team wants to help you prevent common oral problems in your child. We have locations in Eau Claire, Rice Lake, Chippewa Falls, Menomonie, Amery and Hudson. We invite you and your child to visit us and experience how our child-centered dental practice prepares children for a lifetime of dental health.

Contact us to schedule your child’s age 1 dental visit with our pediatric dental specialists today!

Infants to Toddlers

Until a child is preschool age, we don’t expect them to want to get into a dental chair on their own and cooperate. Our dentist for children will perform a lap to lap or knee to knee examination with the parent or caregivers' help, in our consult rooms designed for this age group in mind.


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