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I had the pleasure of speaking to many new moms at the Baby and Tot Show a few weeks ago. Through my conversations with them, it was evident there was conflicting information on when they should bring their child in for their first dental visit. So when is the best age to bring your child to the dentist?
The best age to bring your child in for their first dental visit is within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. The goal is to have your child visit the dentist before there is a problem with his or her teeth. In most cases, a dental exam every six months will let the dentist catch small problems early.
It is a good idea to acclimate your infant to dental care by wiping his or her gums with a clean, wet cloth after feeding. By the age of two, all of an infant’s teeth are usually visible. See the tooth arrival chart below.
When your child is about 2 years of age and can better understand a visit to the dentist, start generating excitement at home. One of our prime objectives is to make your child a good dental patient who will be able to accept routine dental treatment. This process must begin at home. Listed are some suggestions to guide you.
Our office is committed to a policy of prevention. Through early visits and treatments, we can prevent dental decay and infections. Orthodontic problems can also be diagnosed and early intervention and treatment can be provided.
Your child, with your cooperation, can become an excellent dental patient with a healthy mouth and beautiful smile.