Many American children do not see their dentist in the family until they are well over two years of age, much older than the dental and medical professionals suggest. It is recommended that the first dental appointment of your child starts at age one or six months after the entry of his or her first tooth.
There are significant advantages to starting dental visits early and establishing a dental home since many dental problems are avoidable. Early visits allow children to become accustomed to the atmosphere of the dental office and establish good habits early. Research has shown that children who visit the dentist at a young age have fewer cavities, less premature tooth loss, reduced future health care costs, and a more positive experience at the dentist throughout their childhood. Continue reading