The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children should have their first dental visit with a pediatric dentist by age one. Children who begin seeing a pediatric dentist as infants and toddlers have a greater chance of preventing cavities and may avoid costly restorative dental procedures. Besides reducing anxiety, starting dental visits early in a child’s life helps establish dental check-ups as part of the routine for healthy kids.


New Parents

Please contact us at 410-569-6700 (Bel Air) or 410-697-9000 (White Marsh).  You may also contact Growing Smiles for appointment information for your child’s first visit.

Expectant Parents

For expectant moms, caring for you means caring for two. Due to the physical connection you share, your baby can be affected by not only the foods you eat but also the environment in which you live, work, and play. Here are some ways that you can take control of your oral health (mouth and teeth) during your pregnancy:

  • Let your dentist know that you are pregnant.
  • Inform your doctor/dental provider if you experience frequent vomiting due to “morning-sickness” as this may cause damage to your teeth.
  • Discuss with your doctor/dental provider any problems with your gums which can swell, bleed, and/or trap food and become irritated due to your raised hormone levels.
  • Schedule a preventative dental exam/cleaning for yourself prior to the birth of your baby.
  • Postpone elective and/or non-emergency dental work until the second trimester or until after delivery.
  • Maintain healthy circulation and refrain from crossing your legs while you sit in the dental chair.