The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the first dental visit should occur shortly after the first tooth erupts and no later than the child's first birthday.
More than 1 in 4 children in the United States have cavities by the time they are 4 years old, sometimes as early as age 1. This disease is known as early childhood caries or tooth decay of the primary (baby) teeth of young children. It occurs when the child's teeth are frequently exposed to sugary liquids-milk (including breast milk), formula, fruit juice, soda and other sweetened liquids for long periods of time.
Tooth decay can begin as soon as teeth emerge in a baby's mouth and progress rapidly to cause pain and even harm the permanent teeth that are still growing under the gums. Left untreated, it can destroy the teeth of an infant or young child and can affect the child's general health and well-being.
Dentistry for Children & Adolescents in conjunction with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry have developed an Infant-Toddler Oral Care program for the child's first visit.
At this vist, we will assess your child's dental development, establish correct fluoride levels, identify risk factors for decay, provide instructions on caring for your infant/toddlers mouth, discuss ways to prevent oral and facial accidents and trauma, as well as disucssing the relationship between diet and oral health.
Children with healthy teeth chew food easily, learn to speak clearly, and smile with confidence.