Rule of thumb: First tooth OR Two
The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that a child’s first visit should be when the first tooth erupts in the mouth, no later than age one to two.
Did you know dental disease is the most common childhood chronic disease?
The first visit to us for a child this young is just to get them familiar with the office and the dentist. It builds a positive relationship with the dentist–helping to keep those fears from forming!
By the time the child is about three years old, he or she will be having full dental appointments. X-rays will most likely be taken at around five years of age.
Home dental care is crucial: A child’s teeth should be brushed as soon as they emerge.
We recommend fluoridated toothpaste after 6 months of age. Children should not drink sugary beverages or fall asleep with a bottle, which can allow cavity-causing bacteria to thrive.