First Dental Visits
Dental health problems can begin at a very early age. That's why the Massachusetts Dental Society recommends scheduling a baby’s first visit to the dentist within six months of the eruption of the first tooth, and no later than your child's first birthday. The key to this first visit is educating and guiding parents on your child's oral health based on his or her developmental needs.
During this first visit, the dentist will:
- Examine your baby's mouth, teeth, and gums while child sits on parent's lap
- Demonstrate to parent how to effectively clean your child's teeth and gums
- Evaluate any adverse habits, such as thumbsucking or liquids at bedtime (see Baby Bottle Tooth Decay and Thumbsucking)
- Identify your child's fluoride needs
- Suggest a future schedule of dental visits for your child
You can establish a positive relationship between your child and the dentist by starting dental visits early and continuing checkups regularly.
Looking for a dentist for your baby? Call the Massachusetts Dental Society at
(800) 342-8747 for a referral, or visit the Find A Dentist section.