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Your Child's First Visit To The Dentist
"An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." How well this proverb applies to children's dental health! The American Dental Association, the American Academy of General Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend that your child's first oral health visit take place at 12 months of age, or shortly after the eruption of the first baby teeth. This is the ideal time for a dentist to evaluate your child's oral and dental health, as well as to diagnose any problems which may exist.

In the past, children went to the dentist only after a problem was severe enough to be noticed by a parent. Such an outdated, reactive, approach is no longer appropriate in the age of preventive health, however. The infant oral health visit is now the foundation upon which a lifetime of oral and dental health can be built!

The goals of the infant oral health visit are to: assess your child's risk for dental disease, begin a dental preventive program, provide "anticipatory guidance," and determine the most appropriate dental recall schedule for your child.

During your child's visit, the dentist will: