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 Understanding Your Child’s Smile

At Buckeye Pediatric Dentistry, we believe that your child’s dental care should begin as early as age one. Our doctors and the entire team can better plan out a lifetime of great oral health for your child if they can see it from the earliest stages of development!

What To Expect


When you bring your child in for their very first dental visit, you can expect only the warmest and friendliest experience. We even have you hold your child on your lap throughout the visit for extra comfort. During the exam, Dr. Lucia or Dr. Marlina will gently look over your infant’s teeth, check for any signs of trouble, and make sure that the teeth are pushing through at the right time! Take a look at this Tooth Eruption Chart to learn more about when you should expect to see tiny teeth.

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These early dental visits accomplish several things:

  • Allow our doctors to better understand your child’s oral health needs
  • Create a better relationship between your child and our doctors and staff
  • Prevent unnecessary problems from surprising you or your child later on

Why It Matters

While all of us at Buckeye Pediatric Dentistry encourage you to bring your child to see us during these early stages of development, it’s especially important to Dr. Lucia. During dental school, Dr. Lucia found passion in the importance of getting infants to the dentist early. In fact, her entire thesis was written on this very subject! Throughout her research, Dr. Lucia realized the long-term benefit this could provide her tiniest patients! She was even responsible for starting a clinic at Nationwide Children’s hospital with the intent of seeing and treating children at this early age.

We would welcome you to call our office today and schedule a time for Dr. Lucia or Dr. Marlina to sit with you and your baby. You’ll be setting the foundation for a lifetime of great dental health for your child!