When should my child see a dentist for the first time?
Infant Oral Health in Palos Heights, IL
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child sees a dentist by their first birthday.
Your Child's First Visit
There are several reasons for your child to have their first visit at such an early age. First, it allows us to review healthy feeding practices and oral hygiene. It also allows your child to experience the dental setting during a fast and "happy" appointment. During your child's first appointment, we typically brush their teeth with a toothbrush, perform an exam with a mirror, and apply fluoride. Lastly, visiting the dentist at such an early age really gets kids on the right track and establishes a “dental home” for your child so they can feel comfortable and confident in future dental visits.