First Dental Visit

Q: Now that our baby has teeth, when should we take her to the dentist?”

A:  It’s not too early to make an appointment for your baby’s first dental checkup. The American Dental Association, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend that babies be examined by a dentist within 6 months of the arrival of their first tooth, and no later than their first birthday; consider it a “well-baby checkup” for the teeth.

In addition to checking for tooth decay and other problems, your dentist can show you how to clean your baby’s teeth properly and promote good dental health right from the beginning.

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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