Best Rx: A Child's First Dental Appointment

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One Best Self reader asked: When should I take my child to his or her first dental appointment?

Brent E. Herrin, DMD of Herrin Pediatric Dentistry says: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child’s first dental appointment by age one or six months after the eruption of the first tooth. There are many reasons why this is a good idea. Seeing children this early decreases the chances of cavities by providing parents with oral hygiene instructions and tips. A cleaning and fluoride treatment helps strengthen the teeth, making them more cavity resistant. The child also becomes more comfortable in the dental setting with earlier visits.

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