When & What Is My Child’s First “Regular” Visit?
First Dental Visit
“First visit by first birthday.” The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that all children see the dentist around the time that their first tooth erupts, usually by 12 months of age. Much like visiting the pediatrician on a regular basis, this helps to establish a dental home for your child. Early examination and prevention will help protect your child’s developing smile now and in the future.
Isn’t a 1 year old too young to see the dentist? What will take place at the first visit?
The first dental visit is an opportunity for your family to establish a dental home for your child. At this visit, we will explain how to prevent the most common dental problems children encounter, such as baby bottle tooth decay/ cavities, trauma/dental accidents, and prolonged habits can that affect jaw growth. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental problems. Early prevention is key to your child developing and maintaining a healthy, lasting smile.
How should I take care of my baby’s teeth?
Starting at birth, you may wipe your baby’s gums with a washcloth or infant’s toothbrush and water. Once the first teeth erupt, you may brush your baby’s teeth with an infant’s toothbrush and a smear of toothpaste. A very small smear of fluoride toothpaste on the toothbrush is recommended and safe for babies and toddlers who cannot yet spit on their own.