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When to first take your child to the dentist???

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child should see a dentist for the first time by their first birthday or within six months after the first tooth erupts. This early dental visit is important for several reasons:

  1. Prevention and Education: The dentist can provide guidance on oral hygiene practices for parents and caregivers. Early education on proper oral care can help prevent tooth decay.

  2. Monitoring Development: The dentist can monitor the growth and development of the child's teeth and jaws. Early detection of any issues allows for timely intervention.

  3. Establishing a Dental Home: Establishing a "dental home" early on ensures that the child has a familiar and comfortable place for dental care. It also helps in building a positive relationship with the dentist from a young age.

  4. Preventing Early Childhood Caries: Early Childhood Caries (ECC) is a common dental issue in young children. Regular dental check-ups can help prevent and manage ECC.

Parents and caregivers should be proactive in scheduling the first dental visit for their child and continue with regular dental check-ups as recommended by the dentist. Good oral hygiene practices, including proper brushing and flossing, should also be introduced at an early age to promote lifelong dental health.

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