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At what age do dentists want to first see a child? At what age must a child first see a dentist?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 3 if teeth look fine

Most babies don't have teeth problems during the first few years, but they do see their pediatricians for many check-ups.
I usually tell parents to take their kids in for a first dental visit at age 3 years, unless i suspect a problem at one of their many well-child visits, or if there is a strong family history of cavities. Dentists, however, want to see babies when their teeth start appearing.

In brief: 3 if teeth look fine

Most babies don't have teeth problems during the first few years, but they do see their pediatricians for many check-ups.
I usually tell parents to take their kids in for a first dental visit at age 3 years, unless i suspect a problem at one of their many well-child visits, or if there is a strong family history of cavities. Dentists, however, want to see babies when their teeth start appearing.
Dr. Robert Kwok
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Dr. steven Present
Most children have all or most of their primary teeth by the age of two. That is a good time to bring them in for their first dental examination. However if you suspect a problem at an earlier age have your family dentist of pediatric dentist check them out
Dr. Mark Bornfeld
In indigent communities and those without fluoridation of the municipal water supply, "babies with teeth problems during the first few years" are the rule rather than the exception. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a first dental exam: "within 6 months of eruption of the first tooth and no later than 12 months of age to conduct a caries risk assessment and provide parental education including anticipatory guidance for prevention of oral diseases." see: http://www.aapd.org/media/Policies_Guidelines/P_ECCClassifications.pdf
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: What age dentist

The usual age when dentist sees a child for preventive visit is 3.
But if there is a dental problem before the age of three rhen dentist will see the child.

In brief: What age dentist

The usual age when dentist sees a child for preventive visit is 3.
But if there is a dental problem before the age of three rhen dentist will see the child.
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. Deborah Archer
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Age 1

I must agree with dr. Bonfield.
Kids should have at least one dental visit by 12mo of age and within 6 mo of first tooth eruption.

In brief: Age 1

I must agree with dr. Bonfield.
Kids should have at least one dental visit by 12mo of age and within 6 mo of first tooth eruption.
Dr. Deborah Archer
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Dr. James Wallace
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Before an Emergency!

It is best to see a dentist before a child has an emergent problem. The main purpose of early visits is prevention and it is helpful for a child to become familiar with the dental office before a painful episode that requires treatment.
Otherwise a child will associate the dentist with pain which may lead to a lifetime of dental fear. As a parent be aware of your child's dental condition.

In brief: Before an Emergency!

It is best to see a dentist before a child has an emergent problem. The main purpose of early visits is prevention and it is helpful for a child to become familiar with the dental office before a painful episode that requires treatment.
Otherwise a child will associate the dentist with pain which may lead to a lifetime of dental fear. As a parent be aware of your child's dental condition.
Dr. James Wallace
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Dr. Anna Guarna
Dentistry

In brief: That depends

Recommend parents bring their children into the office early on.
..Not necessarily for treatment, but to familiarize themselves with the environment...Allow children to hold safe instruments, like a mirror. If developing normally there is no need for dental exams until 2 1/2...However, if there is a problem, the child needs to be seen sooner.

In brief: That depends

Recommend parents bring their children into the office early on.
..Not necessarily for treatment, but to familiarize themselves with the environment...Allow children to hold safe instruments, like a mirror. If developing normally there is no need for dental exams until 2 1/2...However, if there is a problem, the child needs to be seen sooner.
Dr. Anna Guarna
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Dr. Anifat Balogun
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery

In brief: B/w 6 & 12 months

The general recommendation is that a child see a pediatric dentist when the first baby teeth erupt.
Usually between 6 and 12 months. This establishes care and starts you on an excellent preventive dental regimen.

In brief: B/w 6 & 12 months

The general recommendation is that a child see a pediatric dentist when the first baby teeth erupt.
Usually between 6 and 12 months. This establishes care and starts you on an excellent preventive dental regimen.
Dr. Anifat Balogun
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