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About Dental Visits For Infants and Toddlers

Giving your child a strong foundation for a lifetime of oral and dental health begins early in life. At Greater Houston Pediatric Dentistry, our team of experienced and board-certified pediatric dentists are committed to providing the best dental care for our littlest patients but also to an ongoing partnership with parents to provide resources, honest evaluations and clear answers to help you make informed and healthy decisions for your child's healthcare.

If you are looking for a pediatric dentist in Houston, our team of dental professionals has the training, expertise and skills to give your little one the best care.

When should I take my infant or toddler to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child visit the dentist when the first tooth erupts or by his or her first birthday.

Why should I take my baby to the dentist?

Early dental visits are important for many reasons. For the same reasons you take your baby to the doctor for well-checkups, your baby should also visit a dentist at the recommended age for a "well-checkup" and professional evaluation of proper growth and development. New parents also benefit from the one-on-one conversations with a  pediatric dentist to ask questions and receive important information and resources for at-home care and habits.

In addition, establishing a "dental home" for your child ensures consistent care from a team of dental professionals who you and your child can trust. Beginning to visit the dentist early will also help keep your child from developing dental anxiety, which can happen when dental visits are delayed until a child is older.

What will happen at my infant's dental visit?

Early dental visits allow our pediatric dentist the opportunity to perform an infant dental exam and discuss first steps in caring for your child's newly erupting teeth and overall oral health. Our dentists will discuss dental development and growth, home care, nutrition, habits, and more. This first dental visit is an important step as a parent to learn how to properly clean your child's teeth and gums as well as what habits or behaviors should be avoided. Parents or guardians are encouraged to ask questions, discuss concerns, and take advantage of the one-on-one consultation with a dentist who specializes in pediatric care.

Can young children get cavities?

Yes! In fact, childhood dental caries (or cavities) are increasing and infants or toddlers can be vulnerable to early childhood cavities for a variety of reasons. As pediatric dentists, our goal is to protect your child's oral and dental health and prevent conditions such as cavities from developing. Fortunately, even early childhood cavities can be treated, but please remember that treatment should not be delayed except if recommended by your child's dentist. 


If your child already has their first tooth but has not yet visited a dentist, book an appointment at Greater Houston Pediatric Dentistry. Be sure to schedule his or her dental appointment prior to their first birthday in order to receive a FREE Infant Exam. See Details Below

Our offices are conveniently located in Katy, Humble, Memorial City (Bunker Hill), and Conroe to serve kids and families across the Houston metroplex. Each of our four dental clinics shares the same commitment to providing every child with the best dental care possible.


Early Dental Visits

for infants and toddlers in the Greater Houston areas

Child with dental instrument in mouth


FREE Infant Dental Exam

At Greater Houston Pediatric Dentistry, we believe every child should have access to the best pediatric dental care in Houston. Book your infant's FREE dental exam* at any of our 4 Houston locations. FREE exam includes: ​

Comprehensive Infant Oral Exam

Consultation With Dentist

*Free dental exam is valid for new patient only. Appointment must be scheduled prior to baby's first birthday. Not valid with any other offers. Cannot be used with insurance or co-pay.


Greater dental care for your child starts here. Just a click away.

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