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Leading dentistry and oral health organizations recommend children see a dentist within 6 months of getting their first tooth and no later than age 1, with checkups twice each year for most children.
That’s because baby teeth are important. They help children chew and speak properly and hold space for permanent teeth. Untreated cavities in baby teeth can mean premature loss of them and the decay can affect emerging permanent teeth.
But what does dental care look like after that first visit? This checklist for infants and toddlers is based on recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD):
Our Dentist by 1 directory can help you find a dentist who has indicated they welcome young children in their practice.
Correct care of a child's baby teeth (also known as primary teeth) is very important. These teeth hold space for the future adult (permanent) teeth.
Most children start losing their baby teeth around the ages five to six. Children often lose their front teeth first. They continue to lose baby teeth until the age of 12 or 13 when all of the permanent teeth finally come through, except for the third molars (wisdom teeth). These molars begin to appear around age 17 to 21.
Following these basic directions will help put your kids on the path to a lifetime of good oral health!