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What is the youngest I should take my child to the dentist?

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The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children see a dentist by their first birthday. This is because early dental visits can help establish a dental home and ensure that your child's teeth and mouth are developing normally.

During the first visit, the dentist will typically do the following:

  1. Check the child's teeth and mouth for any problems or abnormalities

  2. Review proper oral hygiene techniques with the parent

  3. Discuss the child's diet and how it affects their teeth

  4. Address any concerns or questions the parent may have

It's important to establish good oral hygiene habits early on to help prevent dental problems in the future. If you have any concerns about your child's oral health, don't hesitate to talk to your dentist. They can provide guidance and recommendations to help keep your child's teeth and mouth healthy.


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