When should I start taking my child to the dentist?
Madison Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics Infant Program helps to answer the frequently asked question, "When should I start taking my child to the dentist?" The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child goes to the dentist by age one or within six months after the first tooth erupts.
The goal during this first visit is to build a relationship with the parents and child. It is also to educate the parents. This relationship is built in the interest of a lifetime of healthy teeth. Proven to be cost-effective for all segments of the population by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, our infant program begins to provide anticipatory guidance for you when your child turns one. Dr. Grace, Dr. Beth, Dr. Nika, and the staff educate parents about tooth eruption and preventing and handling emergencies.
Other aspects discussed are your infant's diet, nursing habits, prenatal history, and fluoride. Upon discussing these aspects, increasing the amount of fluoride your infant needs may be necessary. Xylitol wipes that help breaks down bacterial colonization may be introduced.
Madison Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics offers a similar program for adolescents to discuss the increasing decay rate secondary to consuming sugary and acidic beverages, such as juice and soda.