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Very young children are reliant on their parents for complete dental care. Many parents unintentionally neglect their young children’s mouths due to the fact that they hardly have any teeth. Even more parents are shocked to learn that they have missed the recommended time frame for taking their children in to the dentist for their first dental appointments. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association both concur that children should be taken to the dentist for their first dental appointment by the time they reach their first birthdays. While this may seem like a very early age, there are specific purposes for these early visits.

  • Introduce children to the dentist early. While it is true that most 12 month olds rarely have more than four teeth, bringing children in from a very young age makes going to the dentist a normal occurrence. Millions of Americans suffer from anxiety regarding visiting the dentist, and it is the intention that exposing children from the very beginning to the dentist that these anxieties can be avoided.
  • Educate parents on how to care for their child’s developing mouth. Tooth decay is the most common chronic illness in young children. Over 4 million preschoolers suffer from cavities here in the United States alone. This is a huge number of children, and it is even more shocking because dental cavities are one of the most preventable diseases. It is important that parents are properly educated on how to care for their young child’s developing mouth – and this goes far beyond simply brushing their teeth. Parents must understand the direct correlation between oral health and a child’s diet. Juice, soda, sweet tea, and candy have no place in a child’s diet. These sugar-laden beverages and foods leave the teeth incredibly susceptible to decay. It is also important for parents to understand that if they themselves have suffered from cavities, their children will be more vulnerable to developing cavities.
  • Break bad oral habits early. Pacifiers, thumbs, and fingers are often a great comfort to a small child, however, they need to be taken away and discouraged once a child reaches one year of age. Continued use of sucking on a pacifier or the thumb or fingers can cause significant damage to the structure of the mouth, resulting in the need for extensive orthodontic treatment in the future. It is also imperative that children should not be allowed to fall asleep at the breast or with a bottle. Just like an adult, children’s teeth should be brushed before their fall asleep. Breast milk and formula leave the teeth bathed in sugar, making baby teeth extremely vulnerable to cavities.

At Crabapple Dental, we are proud to offer excellent dental care to patients of all ages. Please contact us to set up your child’s first dental appointment. We are here to make your child’s dental experience a pleasant one.

Posted on behalf of Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

Phone: (678) 319-0123


Monday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Thursday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday: 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM

Our Patient Reviews

Crabapple Dental

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 39 reviews

Kim B.

This is by far the most customer focused dental practice I’ve ever experienced. Starting with Dr Roberts and her entire staff! Immediately I felt I was a priority and my anxiety slowly disappeared. She has state of the art technology and is a pleasure to work with!! She contacted me after hours to check on me after certain procedures!! Highly recommend!!!! A very warm and nurturing environment!!

Linda S.

Dr. Roberts and her entire staff are very friendly and professional. Dr. Roberts has a great "bedside manner" and clearly explains what she needs to and why, in a very calming manner. She is a perfectionist in her work, and I can honestly say I've never experienced pain during several crown procedures. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone.

Skyler S.

Every time I walk into Dr. Roberts' office, I feel at home. The establishment is clean and welcoming, and the staff is so friendly! I live in Atlanta, and I still make the trip up to Alpharetta just to go back to Crabapple Dental because I appreciate everything they do so much. They always have the most up to date technology and tools that makes my mouth feel more clean each time I go. Definitely recommend!

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Crabapple Dental

12670 Crabapple Road, #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004

(678) 319-0123