The best time to have a child’s first dental check up is by age one or within six months of the eruption of the first teeth. This is the best time to begin learning about preventive treatments and steps parents can take to help assure a life time of healthy smiles for their child.
This is a relatively new recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association, yet many dental and pediatric health care providers are still not aware of this recommendation and or have not completed the necessary training to confidently provide this essential preventive service. We now know that the most common chronic childhood disease, dental caries, can actually be passed on from person to person and early prevention is key to helping assure every child’s most precious gift, the magic of their smile is protected through now well documented effective measures. (See Answers to questions, why age one dental visit? for more details.)