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First Visit to the Dentist

09/28/2010

Question:

My youngest child is 15 months and is just starting to get her baby teeth. How soon should I take her to the dentist?

Answer:

Thanks for the question. The recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is all children should be seen by a dentist by the age of 1 year (or when the first tooth erupts).  This allows the dentist to establish a dental home, which is a regular source of dental care and information for parents.

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Response by:

Sarath  Thikkurissy, DDS, MS Sarath Thikkurissy, DDS, MS
Associate Professor of Pediatric Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University