The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry 

Baby's First Dental Visit

A child's first visit to the dentist should be scheduled between the eruption of the first tooth and the first birthday. The infant's developing teeth are affected by many factors including: feeding habits, pacifiers, gum cleansing, and fluoride levels maintained in the mouth. Pediatric dentists have the special skills required to work with infants and young children, as well as extensive training in the most up-to-date and thorough treatments for a wide variety of children's dental problems. The following describes a typical first visit:

  • Child's teeth, jaw, and oral tissues will be examined and cleansing procedures demonstrated.
  • Parents will learn how to position the child for a thorough oral cleaning.
  • The pediatric dentist will look for potential problems and check overall oral growth and development.
  • Child's medical history will be carefully reviewed by the pediatric dentist and preventive measures for dental disease will be discussed.
  • Fluoride need will be evaluated -- supplements may be necessary.

At this time other concerns can be addressed such as teething, bottles, pacifiers, and thumb sucking. The earlier the visit, the better the opportunity for parents and the pediatric dentist to work together to prevent problems.

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