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Daylight Dental
Dr. Aleeahna Phan, DMD

At what age should I first bring my child to the dentist?

Many parents are surprised to hear that the American Dental Association recommends children have their first dental visit when their first tooth erupts, but no later than age one. 

At our Austin, TX dental office, we’re pleased to see children of all ages, from infants to teens. If you wonder what treatment a child with baby teeth needs, there are a couple of reasons why we like to see them at this age.

First, the sooner we get your child accustomed to the idea of dental visits, the easier it will be for them to accept them as part of their lives. These “happy visits” don’t involve treatment, unless your child has a specific issue we need to address. 

Taking small steps—like giving them a ride in the dental chair or counting their teeth—gently immerses them into the new experience in a non-threatening manner. The goal is a stress-free, happy visit that helps them get excited about future dental visits

These appointments are also a perfect opportunity to pick your dentist’s brain about any questions or concerns you have about your child’s oral hygiene, nutrition, bottle-feeding, or habits like thumb-sucking. 

Your child’s oral health is precious, and our dental team provides the support you need to ensure their healthy little smile stays that way. If it is time to schedule your child’s first dental visit in Austin, TX, please call us, and we will be happy to arrange an appointment at your convenience.

Our dental office accepts numerous PPO insurances and accepts Texas Children’s Medicaid (TMHP) and CHIP.

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We are excited to be OPEN again for all dental procedures. Our appointments will be limited due to high demand; however, please know that we will do our best to accommodate your needs for a dental appointment. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 782-8738 so we can assist you. Please click here to learn more about our enhanced COVID-19 infection control policy and the precautions and protocols we are putting in place to keep you and your family safe during your visit.