Things You Should Know Before Choosing a Family Doctor

Children learn good dental health habits from their parents. As your child grows, it is important to introduce them to a family dentist who can help them learn good preventative care, spot potential problems, and perform needed fixes like cosmetic dentistry or dental extractions. Here are things to consider when looking for dental care for you and your children.

  • First visit by first birthday.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that children have their first dental visit by age 1. Scheduling a visit six months after the baby’s first tooth appears can help parents plan.

While this number can seem surprising, it is important to remember that 25% of U.S. children have their first cavity by age 4. Starting early not only helps you address potential problems, it also helps kids learn that going to the dentist is a normal part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

  • Look for a welcoming atmosphere.

The best family dentists strive for a family atmosphere in their offices. Is the waiting room kid-friendly, with books or toys? How do staff talk to children or comfort those who are crying or afraid? How many children do staff work with every week?

  • Your family dentist should help you learn, too.

Most parents already know the basics of maintaining their own dental health. Since babies and children have differing needs as they grow, however, your family dentist can become a valuable source of information to help you help your children.

Choose a family dentist who can provide information on:

  • Tooth and mouth care for babies and toddlers
  • How to use fluoride safely
  • How to plan a nutritious diet for oral health

The goal of Light Touch Dental Care is to provide your entire family with the best possible dental care. To learn more about the family dental care we provide, visit


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