According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), your child’s first visit should be around his/her first birthday. Infant dental care is the first step to your baby enjoying a lifetime of strong, healthy teeth. Problems that occur at age 3-4 can easily be identified and addressed at this early visit.
Why should you bring your child to the dentist so early? This visit gives us the opportunity to discuss with parents the importance of good hygiene, diet, injury prevention, and fluoride do’s and don’ts. We will help you identify factors that may put your child at risk for developing cavities. An oral examination to assess growth and development will also be done.
Starting at an early age will help your child develop a positive attitude and help them feel comfortable visiting the dentist. At the first visit, we may only be able to do a quick visual exam. That’s OK! Over time, as your child visits us, we’ll introduce cleanings and x-rays so your child can maintain great dental health overall.