In my office, I meet many parents who are surprised to learn the first dental visit should happen by the time they’re 6 months old or by the appearance of the first tooth, per guideline. Very often they feel guilty for “waiting too long to bring them in”. I understand why parents are unsure of why the guideline is this way. After all, most babies are barely teething by that age and even then, it’s “just baby teeth.”
This article is to help parents understand what happens at these first few appointments and why they should start early in their child’s life. Remember, what happens during a baby or toddler’s appointment is a bit different than a visit for an older child or adult and follows the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry’s guidelines, which recommends parents schedule those first few dental visits around the ages of 6 and 12 months.
Dr. J is a board certified pediatric dentisty and owner of Scripps Pediatric Dentistry & Brush n Brace located in San Diego, CA. He is not only a Diplomat with the board but now also has Fellow status with the AAPD. He is proud father of 3 beautiful girls, a San Diego native, loves soccer and is passionate about pediatric oral health. His mission is battling the number 1 disease that he has seen take over our beloved children. Dr. J's corner provides answers and solutions to parents questions & concerns regarding their children's oral health.