When should my child first see a dentist?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends the assessment of infants, by a dentist, within 6 months of the eruption of the first tooth or by one year of age. The goal is to have your child visit the dentist before there is a problem with his or her teeth. In most cases, a dental exam every six months will let your child’s dentist catch small problems early. This visit is important for the parents to learn how to manage diet, hygiene and the proper use of fluoride to prevent problems. The dental team can show you how to care for your infant’s or toddler’s mouth. This visit also lets parents discuss teething and developmental milestones. It’s also important to bring your child in so that he or she may become familiarized with the dental setting. We look forward to seeing your little one!

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