Got Teeth? It’s time for your first dental visit!
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is the recognized authority on children’s oral health and recommends that, “In order to prevent dental problems, a child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears, or no later than his/her first birthday.” Think about this visit as the dental equivalent of your child’s well-baby check up with your pediatrician.
This is a great opportunity for your pediatric dentist to get to know your child and your family’s dental needs, to provide you with tips for dental care, review feeding practices, assess if your child is getting enough – or too much – fluoride, discuss teething, discuss pacifier or finger sucking habits, and determine your child’s risk of developing tooth decay. By starting a dental care routine early in life, as your child gets older, dental visits will become a normal and pleasant experience.
Remember it is best if you child visits the dentist when she/he has no dental problems!