First Dental Visit by Age One
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), < American Dental Association (ADA), Canadian Dental Association (CDA), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) all recommend a first dental visit by age one.
“Why so early?” is a question I am commonly asked when parents discover that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), American Dental Association (ADA), Canadian Dental Association (CDA), and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) all recommend a first dental visit by age one.
Like the “well-baby visits” that are performed by physicians in the first year of a baby’s life, early first dental visits provide an opportunity to educate parents, to ensure good habits are in place, and they allow for early detection of abnormalities.
While these visits may seem premature, tooth decay can begin to develop as soon as teeth erupt into the mouth. Parents are often surprised to learn that even toddlers can get cavities, and I have seen many one-year-olds in whom the decay process has already begun. If cavities are detected this early, they may often be treated by painless at-home (such as improved brushing baby teeth technique) and in-office preventive measures or with non-invasive dental procedures; however, if left undetected the decay process will progress and can result in the need for extensive and costly dental procedures.
First Dental Visit Is An Important First Step
An early first visit to the dentist is an important step toward ensuring a lifetime of oral health for your child.
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