Many new parents ask when they should take their child to the dentist for their first check-up. Prevention and education are key to a lifetime of healthy smiles. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children make their first visit to the dentist before their first birthday or six months after they get their first tooth.
We offer “Baby & Me” appointments for children under 2 years of age. During your child’s first dental visit, Dr. Kailes, Dr. Staman or Dr. Johnston will perform a knee-to-knee examination to check your child’s teeth for proper eruption and decay. We will discuss proper oral care, diet and habits that can influence your child’s dental health and overall well being. This first visit is a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about your child’s oral health and needs.
And it is a great opportunity to introduce your child to dentistry in a fun and positive way. Establishing a “dental home” is also important in the case of a dental emergency as your child begins the world of walking and exploring. Good dental care combined with education is the key to a lifetime of healthy and happy smiles.
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