Looking for the best pediatric dentist for your child? You’ve come to the right place. Smiles 1st Children’s Dentistry provides the highest quality care in a fun, friendly setting. Many of our patients ask, “When can I come back?” Imagine that!
During the initial examination, the parent/legal guardian must be present, as well as for any treatment other than routine dental procedures. We assure a comfortable, fun atmosphere for both kids and parents. Come in and make yourself at home!
For cancellation or rescheduling your appointment, please give 24 hours’ notice to the office where you are scheduled. A reasonable fee may be charged if less notice is given. Thank you for your understanding! We are thrilled to have you as a part of the Smiles 1st family!
Your child’s teeth from birth to adulthood
Through extra years of schooling, training, experience, and certification, a pediatric dentist is uniquely qualified to treat the dental needs of infants, children, adolescents and those with special needs. Your child’s teeth and jaw will undergo many changes from the time they’re born until they reach full maturity as adults. Here’s a look at the stages of dental development.
Babies are born with 20 primary teeth situated just under their gums. These teeth, like adult teeth, vary in shape, size, and location. Their differences all work together for a purpose — to help kids chew properly, speak clearly, and smile happily. They also help form and shape the mouth, jaw, and face.
Baby teeth usually begin to erupt at around 6 months of age and sprout over the next few years until all 20 (10 upper and 10 lower) have made an appearance. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends children start going to the dentist by age 1 or within 6 months of their first tooth.
Most often, children will begin to lose their primary teeth around age 6, but it can happen any time between the ages of 4 and 7.
Typically, the first baby teeth to fall out are the two bottom teeth followed by the two top front teeth. These are called the lower and upper central incisors. Usually the lateral incisors, first molars, canines, and second molars follow. Expect your child to lose his or her baby molars between ages 10 to 12.
Adult molars emerge around age 13. By age 21, your adult child should have a full set of 32 permanent teeth. That’s 12 more than they were born with — 6 additional teeth on the upper jaw, and 6 more on the lower jaw. Four of those new teeth are the wisdom teeth, which usually erupt between ages 17 and 21.
Before Your First Visit:
To save you time on your visit, you can view several forms and fill them out in advance. That allows us to get to your child’s dental exam quickly.
We may call or contact you before your child’s scheduled visit for a verbal confirmation or to help you reschedule if needed. To cancel your appointment, please contact or call us within 24 business hours of your child’s scheduled appointment to reschedule.