The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you schedule your child’s first visit within six months of their first tooth erupting, or by their first birthday- whichever comes first. While this may seem young, there is good reason for it. Dental decay can begin as soon as a child’s tooth arrives. Tooth decay, if left untreated, can have serious implications for a child’s long-term health and wellness and can also impact the permanent teeth below.
This first visit is equally about you as it is about your baby. It is an educational visit for the parent to learn the dos and don’ts of good oral health habits and a quick exam of your baby’s mouth. Follow-up visits through age 3 are more of the same to monitor your child’s oral health, dental developmental progress and strengthen the good oral habits discussed with you at our first visit.