At what age should my child have their first dental visit?

The earlier, the better! It is recommended that the first dental visit starts at the age of 1 year or when the first teeth become visible. This not only helps to provide your child with a “dental home” but will also help new parents gather all the information they need to provide and encourage great oral health habits.

On this topic, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry states this for the Clinical oral examination:

The first examination is recommended at the time of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age.19-21 The developing dentition and occlusion should be monitored throughout eruption at regular clinical examinations.

Early detection and management of oral conditions can improve a child’s oral health, general health and well-being, and school readiness.

Delayed diagnosis of dental disease can result in exacerbated problems which lead to more extensive and costly care. Early diagnosis of developing malocclusions may allow for timely therapeutic intervention. (source)

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