The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and The American Academy of Pediatrics strongly encourages the first dental visit by one year of age. Early prevention of cavities is the goal. To accomplish this, parents need to understand their child’s risk of developing cavities. They can learn how to manage their child’s diet, provide proper use of fluoride, and help perform adequate oral hygiene. Cavities aren’t the only thing parents should learn about their child’s dental health. The age one dental visit also allows parents the chance to discuss:
- How to care for an infant’s or toddler’s mouth
- Proper use of fluoride and toothpaste
- Oral habits, including finger, thumb and pacifier sucking
- Ways to prevent accidents that could damage the face and teeth
- Teething and milestones of development
- The impact of diet (including beverages and oral health)
As your child grows, the Smiles In Motion dental team wants to help you prevent common oral problems in your child.