1) When should my child first see the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentist (AAPD) recommends that the first visit be within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or at one year of age. The first visit will include a brief oral evaluation to insure teeth are present, free of decay, and are erupting normally. Information regarding teething, normal dental development, proper home care, proper fluoride use and administration, diet counseling, and pacifier/ bottle/ finger habits will be discussed. Your child’s oral health and development will continually be monitored every 6 months. Typically, by age three, most children are scheduled for a comprehensive visit, including oral hygiene examination, x-rays, prophylaxis (teeth cleaning) with fluoride supplement.

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