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As a parent, you have quite a lot on your plate. One of those tasks is figuring out when to take your kids to the dentist for the first time. But at what point do your kids need dental care? And when do you start teaching them about the importance of oral health?

There are a lot of different opinions out there. Today, we’re going to give ours and hope that it helps you make the best decisions for your kids.

When do I bring my kids in?
Most any doctor will recommend that your kids see a dentist either when they get their first tooth, or on their first birthday. Regardless of which occurs first, you want to make sure that your child is brought in no later than their first birthday.

Why do they need pediatric dentistry?
This is a question that Dr. Michael Dana receives quite often. At our dental practice, we are pleased to offer pediatric dentistry to help you in your ongoing efforts to keep your child’s smile in good health as they develop. We are happy to check on their development through six-month dental checkups and cleanings.

Why so early?
The reason you want to bring kids to the dentist early is to help them establish good oral health habits. Your kids will have much better oral health in the long run, which saves you money from not needing to fill cavities or deal with other oral health-related issues.

The team here at Dana Dental Arts in Spearfish, South Dakota, is always ready to help. If you have any other questions or need to make an appointment, please call us today at 605.642.7727.