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.