We offer FREE initial exams to new patients 18 months of age and younger!
I am often asked by friends when they should bring their child to the dentist for their first visit. I usually tell them that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a visit by 12 months old, but that I think an exam before 18 months old is appropriate. Their next question is usually “Why would I see a dentist so early?” There are many surprises in life, but teeth (or lack of) should not be one of them.
As pediatric dentists, we see many habits and choices grow over time that should have been addressed when they were small and manageable. Recently I saw a young boy who was drinking chocolate milk every night before bed. At one year old, we can easily correct this mistake, but unfortunately, this boy was much older and had many deep, painful cavities on his first visit. As you can imagine, he was fearful and anxious about the pain in his teeth on his first visit.
There are many habits that we want to build at 18 months old as well as some habits that we want to curtail. We have learned that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of treatment. Early intervention of a thumb sucking habit can reduce years (and thousands of dollars) of braces while early brushing expectations creates responsible brushing habits into adulthood. If you know any families with young children, please let them know we provide free exams for children 18 months or younger!