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At what age should I take my child to the dentist?

Dr. Kelly treating one of her terrific patients!

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry ("AAPD") recommends children see a dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth, and no later than one year of age (the AAPD has a great saying: "1 + 1 = ZERO. ONE dental visit when there’s ONE tooth can equal ZERO cavities"). As a busy working mommy myself, I get it – sometimes it’s hard and we lose track of time – we’re busy and life moves fast! It’s not uncommon for me to see patients 2, 3, or 4 years old who have never been to the dentist before. Don’t worry moms, if you have not yet taken your terrific toddler to the dentist, it will be ok – your board certified pediatric dentist will take good care of your child. If possible, try to get them to a dentist sooner rather than later. In addition to the standard protocol involved with a preventative care appointment like checking for cavities, your pediatric dentist will assess the growth and development of the jaw and facial structure. Also, your pediatric dentist will review with you good oral hygiene habits and answer any of your questions. Proactiveness around your child’s dental health will help them maintain a happy and healthy smile for life.

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