Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP,) the American Dental Association (ADA,) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a “dental home” by the child’s first birthday. Why so early? As soon as your baby has teeth, he or she can get cavities.
Having their first visit at one year of age helps ensure that parents learn the tools they’ll need to help their children remain cavity-free. This way, children grow up not being afraid of going to the dentist, and their care can be focused on prevention rather than restoration.