The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children see a dentist by age 1. These early visits are important for setting your child’s dental health in a positive direction. At these first visits, important individualized oral health information is given to parents to help prevent dental problems now and in the future. A dental home is also established so the child has a dentist available in the event of dental trauma or other dental concerns.
Check out a recent post by the AAPD on this topic: http://mouthmonsters.mychildrensteeth.org/a-new-years-resolution-with-teeth-finding-a-dental-home-2/
At Rochester Pediatric Dentistry, your child’s first visit at this young age (age 1-2) will include a dental exam by Dr. Kelly and a toothbrush cleaning and fluoride varnish by our certified dental hygienist, Amanda. You will sit with your child in your lap during the appointment. Amanda and Dr. Kelly will show you various oral hygiene techniques and give you recommendations for the proper use of fluoride toothpaste. We know that brushing your child’s teeth at this age can be challenging, so we will give you some tips to make the process easier. We will also evaluate your child’s diet and give recommendations to prevent tooth decay.
We look forward to meeting you and your child!