The American Dental Association, the 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.
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.
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