Your Child’s First Dental Visit
The ADA and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend a child have their first visit as early as age one or when the first few teeth begin to erupt.
When Will My Baby Start Getting Teeth?
In general, the first baby teeth to appear are usually the lower front (anterior) teeth, and begin erupting between the age of 6-8 months. This is followed by the two front teeth on the top arch. Next, their teeth adjacent to their bottom front teeth come in and usually their first molars are next. Finally, the two teeth next to the top front teeth erupt. By the age of three, your child will likely have their first set of teeth.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay (Early Childhood Caries)
As your child begins teething, a common concern is the possibility of baby bottle tooth decay. This is also referred to as Early Childhood Caries (ECC). If untreated, this can become a serious issue that negatively affects the oral health of many infants and children. ECC often occurs when their teeth are exposed to liquids that contain sugar for a lengthened period.
For infants, we recommend using a wet gauze or clean washcloth to wipe the plaque from teeth and gums. Avoid putting your child to bed with a bottle filled with anything other than water.