Pleasanton Star Dental | Dentist in Pleasanton, CA



At Pleasanton Star Dental, we emphasize the importance of instilling the right dental habits in children from an early age, laying the foundation for lifelong oral health. It’s a common misconception that children are too young for dental visits. In reality, early exposure to dental care is crucial. Children aren’t inherently afraid of the dentist; their apprehension often stems from fear of the unknown. Therefore, introducing them to dental visits early on helps in building a comfortable and positive relationship with dentistry. Regular check-ups and dental care for children at our clinic not only focus on preventive care but also on educating them about good oral hygiene practices. This early introduction to dental health care is vital in ensuring they grow up with healthy teeth and gums, and a positive attitude towards dental health and care.


According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, it is advisable for children to have their first dental visit by their first birthday. Starting dental care early ensures that children’s newly erupted teeth receive the appropriate attention and care right from the start. Establishing a routine of regular dental visits early in life is crucial for maintaining oral health, especially as permanent adult teeth begin to emerge.

At Pleasanton Star Dental, we understand that each child’s introduction to dental care can vary in timing. Regardless of when you decide to start your child’s dental visits, our focus is on ensuring they receive regular cleanings, thorough examinations, and develop healthy oral habits as they grow. Our team is dedicated to creating a welcoming and calming atmosphere for children of all ages. We strive to make every dental visit a positive experience, helping to build a foundation of trust and comfort with dental care. This approach is integral to encouraging lifelong oral health habits and easing any apprehensions your child may have about visiting the dentist.


Children’s primary, or “baby” teeth can begin emerging as early as 6 months old. However, you may not see signs of teeth emerging until up to 12 months. New teeth will continue coming in until about age three when you should expect your child to have a full set of 20 teeth. During this time of emerging teeth, your child’s gums may feel tender. You may find that teething rings and toys can help with this discomfort. They may even favor a teether toy with a toothbrush. 

Around age 6 is when you can expect the first visit from the tooth fairy. This is when children begin to lose these primary teeth and permanent teeth begin to fill their place. By the time children get their first primary tooth, it is important that they have already built health oral habits and are accustomed to visiting the dentist for consistent cleanings and exams. By the age of 13 you can expect children to have a full set of permanent teeth, with the exception of wisdom teeth which can be expected around age 21. Adults have 28 permanent teeth, or 32 when considering wisdom teeth.


Routine dental visits as your child grows are important for more than just the health of their teeth. Their dentist will also keep an eye on other factors such as the development of their facial skeleton and their airways. This is crucial in detecting sleep apnea early before it affects their brain.

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