Based on recommendations of The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), we highly recommend that you bring your child to a dentist as soon as you see their first tooth, or by age 1. By seeing children at an early age, we are able to check the gums, jaws, and any primary teeth that have erupted to ensure everything is developing as expected. More importantly, it allows us to speak with you about diet, and hygiene, and prevention. Children that begin early with their dental care tend to develop much better oral hygiene habits and have lower rates of decay. This is accomplished because children become more familiar and comfortable in a dental setting and adopt an oral hygiene routine at a young age, parents have a source of contact when in need of any help, and we may provide early intervention so areas of concern do not become major problems later.
We understand that infants and toddlers may become distressed when taken away from their primary caregiver, so we always encourage you to bring your child back to the exam room and keep him/her with you the entire time.
At the first visit, We will gently examine your child’s mouth, including teeth and gums. X-rays may or may not be taken based on their needs and per your permission. We may clean your child’s teeth to remove any possible plaque or stain and may apply topical fluoride if you want to help protect the teeth against decay. We will provide you helpful tips for pediatric dental hygiene, discuss nutrition, and what growth and developmental stages you can expect with your child. This is a great time for new parents to ask about fluoride, habits, and any other questions they may have.