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At What Age Should a Child’s First Dental Visit Be?

It’s a sunny Saturday afternoon, and I am swimming with my children at our community pool.

As the kids play with other children, the parents mingle and talk about the past week.  Often when people find out that I am a pediatric dentist the question arises, “at what age should I bring my child for their first dental visit?”

I love this question!

When I compare notes with parents on what is being promoted at their pediatrician’s office, a smile comes to my face.  Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend at 12 months.

People will often ask, “why so early?”

Establishing a dental home is very important in assessing an infants risk for cavities.  Counseling on oral hygiene, diet, nutrition, and oral habits such as pacifier use are regular topics discussed.

As a pediatric dentist, we are in the business of prevention.  The earlier we can address these issues, the greater the chance of success.

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