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First Dental Visit

New parents often ask, "When should my child first see a dentist?"

"First visit by first birthday." That's the view of both the American Academy of Pediatricians & The American Academy of Pediatric Dentists. They as well as Dr. Mai recommend children visit a Pediatric Dentist by their first birthday."

"Why should a child see the dentist by one? What is involved in the first dental visit?"

To prevent early childhood cavities, parents first have to find out their child's risk of developing cavities. They also need to learn how to manage diet, hygiene and fluoride to prevent problems.

But cavities aren't all that parents need to learn about their child's dental health. The age 1 dental visit lets parents discuss:

  • How to care for an infant's or toddler's mouth
  • Proper use of fluoride
  • Oral habits, including finger and thumb sucking
  • Ways to prevent accidents that could damage the face and teeth
  • Teething and milestones of development
  • The link between diet and oral health

Dr. Mai will go over an informational pamplet for children under 2 years old: Informational Pamplet

For a young child's first visit an exam will probably be a knee-to-knee exam, so a parent can be near and hold the child's hands while the doctor takes a look.

"How often should a child see a dentist?"

After this first visit, the dentist will suggest a schedule of follow-up visits. Dr. Mai typically suggests a visit every six months. However the schedule may vary according to each child's needs and risks. As your child grows, the dental team can help you learn how to prevent common oral problems.