The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggests that a child's first dental examination take place by his/her first birthday.
Research has shown that if a child does not have a preventive visit with the pediatric dentist by age one, he/she will be more likely to need emergency care and restorative care. However, if a child has started his/her well care visits with a pediatric dentist by age one, there is an increased likelihood of having more preventive care and less restorative and emergency care.
A tooth is susceptible to dental disease as soon as it erupts (usually around the age of 6 to 8 months). The first dental visit would include preventive education to the child's caregiver in how to prevent and reduce dental diseases in children by providing information about proper brushing and flossing, healthy diet and snacks, fluoride and preventive visits.
Cavities are totally preventable. Children can grow up into adulthood without developing cavities. Let's protect those smiles while they are young!