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 go to the dentist by age 1 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. Jennifer and staff educate parents about concepts, such as tooth eruption and preventing and handling emergency situations.
Other aspects discussed are your infant’s diet, nursing habits, prenatal history and fluoride. Upon discussing these aspects it may be necessary to increase the amount of fluoride your infant needs. Xylitol wipes that help break down bacterial colonization may be introduced.
Madison Pediatric Dental & Orthodontics offers a similar program for adolescents to discuss the increasing rate of decay secondary to the consumption of sugary and acidic beverages, such as juice and soda.