A Child's First Dental Visit

New parents often ask, "When should my child first see a dentist?" The answer is "the First visit by their First birthday." That's the view of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Pediatricians agree. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children should be seen by a pediatric dentist by their first birthday to determine their risk for early childhood cavities.

The first visit at age one is similar to a well-baby check at a physician's office. We will thoroughly examine your child's mouth and address the following:


  • Review your child's medical & dental history

  • Respond to your questions and concerns

  • Talk with you about your child's overall oral health, including: 

    • Development

    • Teething

    • Their bite (how your child's teeth will come together)

    • Soft tissues such as gums and cheeks

    • Oral habits such as finger/thumb sucking

    • Factors that affect the risk of cavities, such as diet, hygiene practices, fluoride use and whether others in the family have had cavities

    • How to prevent trauma to your child's mouth

    • Show how to clean your child's teeth and give you a chance to practice

    • Give specific advice about home care, including hygiene, diet and use of toothpaste and other fluorides

    • Tell you what to expect as your child grows and develops in the coming months

    • Suggest a schedule for follow-up care

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