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What is the average age for a child's first dentist visit in the u.s.?

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Dr. Thomas Riney
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Age keeps dropping: As more dentists become comfortable with children, the average age of first visit has gone down, current reccommendation by pediatricians is 3 years old.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
And those Pediatricians are WRONG. Child should see Pediatric Dental Specialist at age 1, when 1st teeth erupt, because permanent teeth started forming in utero. Pedodontist will do examination, review Oral Hygiene with parent, review diet (sugars, starches, baby bottle syndrome, etc.), asses dentitional and crania-facial growth and development, balance fluoride intake (for the developing permanent tooth crowns) and fluoride treatments, and bond with the child. Children who see Pedodontist by age 1 have 40% less dental expenses by age 5 than children who wait until 2-3 and then see a GP. Additionally, 1st Orthodontic exam age 7.
Jun 12, 2013
Dr. Dell Goodrick
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33 years experience
When they have teeth: Ideally, if you have a two year old with teeth, they should have their first check with a dentist once teeth are present. This usually enables the child to have a good experience with no problems and the dentist or hygienist can provide tips and instructions to you of what to do to keep your child's oral health optimal.
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Dr. Leo Morton
Pediatric Dentistry 43 years experience
By First Birthday: Actually the average age is probably much older than that. By the first birthday is the recommended age of first dental visit by the american academy of pediatrics and the american academy of pediatric dentistry. It is very important to establish the "dental home" early for children. Education an prevention can begin at that time for a lifetime of good dental health.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Age 1 is best: Children who see a pediatric dental specialist within 6 months of 1st tooth erupting, but not later than age 1, have 40% less dental expense by their 5th b'day than children who are taken.To general.Dentist at 2-3. Don't wait, go now.
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