When Should I Start Taking My Child to the Dentist?

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At what age should I take my baby to the dentist for the first time?
A: We want children to come in either by their first birthday or six months after their first tooth comes in.

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Their first visit is not just the exam, cleaning and fluoride application. It’s also a chance for the pediatric dentist to go over what needs to be done to prevent cavities, like brushing properly and using the right toothpaste.

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During the visit we also provide parents with the necessary information on the proper low-sugar diet to prevent cavities, recommendations on habits such as thumb sucking and pacifiers, and dental injury prevention.

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So many children today are getting early childhood caries – those are nursing cavities or baby bottle tooth decay – because they go to bed nursing or taking a bottle to bed. We need to catch these cavities early and get the education out there to prevent them in the first place.

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