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What happens at my child's first dentist visit?

Plan your child's first dental visit within six months after the first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday. Consider it a "well baby checkup" for your child's teeth. At the dental visit, the dental team will:
  • check on oral hygiene, injuries, cavities, or other problems
  • find out your child's risk of getting tooth decay
  • assess how the teeth are developing
  • let you know if your child may later need treatment for crooked teeth or a "bad bite"
  • provide advice to help you take care of your child's oral health
A child’s first visit to the dentist should be a stress-free experience for both you and your child. You dentist will quickly inspect baby teeth for decay and advise you on how to care for your child’s teeth moving forward. If your baby sucks their thumb or fingers, your dentist may advise you to prevent this in order to avoid complications with emerging teeth. Softer pacifiers can take the place of a thumb or a finger if this is necessary.

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