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At what age should my child first see a dentist?


The Canadian Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (CAPD) recommends that children should see a dentist by their first birthday or within six months after their first tooth erupts. This early dental visit is crucial for several reasons:

  1. Early detection of dental problems: By seeing a dentist early, any potential dental issues can be identified and addressed promptly. This can prevent problems from worsening and help maintain optimal oral health. 🦷
  2. Establishing a dental home: Building a relationship with a pediatric dentist early on establishes a “dental home” for your child. This allows the dentist to monitor your child’s oral health development over time and provide personalized care and guidance. 👏
  3. Preventive care and education: A child’s first dental visit is an opportunity for parents to learn about proper oral hygiene practices for their child and receive guidance on topics such as teething, thumb sucking, and pacifier use. Preventive measures, such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants, can also be recommended to protect your child’s teeth. 😎
  4. Familiarizing your child with the dental environment: Early dental visits help familiarize your child with the dental office environment, making subsequent visits less intimidating. This can help reduce dental anxiety and promote positive dental experiences for your child as they grow older. ❤️

Overall, early dental visits are essential for laying the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health habits and can contribute to healthier smiles for your child in the long run. 😁🎉

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