Most of our parents are stunned to hear that the first dental visit should occur no later than age 1!! The age one dental health initiative was highlighted after a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) comparing dental health of Americans in 1988-2002 found a 15.2% increase in cavities among 2-5 year olds. The only child and adolescent group to exhibit increased tooth decay.
During this first visit, the doctors check for proper oral and facial development and detect early tooth decay. Part of this appointment includes a cavity risk assessment and discussion of pacifiers, thumb/finger habits, teething, fluoride supplements and a personalized program of home care for your child. Drs. Ehrenman and Khan believe that the earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental disease.