Finding a Dental Home for Your Baby

Good oral hygiene and professional help preventing tooth decay and gum disease is important for everyone. Babies, too.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that all babies have a dental home by age 1. By that, they mean a consistent relationship with—and comprehensive oral health care from—a dentist.

Take your baby to see a dentist within 6 months of his or her first tooth and start this relationship for lifelong oral health.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, your child’s dentist may have only been seeing patients for dental problems (tooth pain, a cavity, etc.,) and not for routine checkups. Dentists, like other healthcare providers, have taken steps to protect patients they do see from possible exposure to the virus.

Call your child’s dentist to ask about pediatric checkups and about protective measures at the dental office.

Disclaimer: This page is not intended to provide medical advice about your child. Always seek the advice of a physician, qualified healthcare provider or child-development specialist with any questions you have about your child's health, medical condition or development. Never disregard, avoid or delay contacting a doctor or other qualified professional because of something you read here.

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