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Common Dental Questions

Child’s First Dentist Visit

 

Question:

When should my child start going to the dentist?

 

Answer:

As soon as his/her first tooth comes in. Most children will get their first tooth between the age of 6 and 12 months. Some children get their first tooth as early as three months of age, while others may not get a tooth until they are 15 months old.

 

Can my child even get cavities so young?

Teeth are vulnerable to tooth decay as soon as they erupt (push through the gums). Preventing tooth decay early in life is important to a child’s future oral and overall health. Very young children usually require little or no dental treatment, but it is important to identify dental problems early. According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, more than 40% of children have tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten.*

 

The first dentist visit

When your child first visits the dentist, the dentist will assess your child’s risk for tooth decay and check for any potential problems. It also gives dentists an opportunity to educate parents about preventive care, teething, proper nutrition, fluoride use, injury prevention and damaging oral habits.

 

*Guideline on Infant and Oral Health Care, American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, 2012