The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends this age so that Dr. Thom can take a brief look in your child’s mouth to make sure things are developing well and to assess your overall oral health.
Additionally, and arguably more importantly, this first visit provides the opportunity for you to talk with Dr. Thom so that we can all be on the same page about how best to care for your child’s teeth. This is the time for you to ask questions. This is also the time for Dr. Thom to advise on how to make sure your child will grow up with great dental health. What we want to avoid is your child going to the dentist for the first time at the age of 4 or 5 only to find that he or she already has cavities. Developing a relationship with a pediatric dentist at an early age is the best way to make sure your child’s teeth stay healthy.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry stresses the importance of the early establishment of a dental home – a pediatric dentist that will serve as your ready and continuing resource for your child’s oral health – just like your pediatrician. Starting your child early with a pediatric dentist is the best way to ensure the development of good habits that will benefit him or her for a lifetime. As your child grows, starts to lose baby teeth, and gets permanent teeth, the care Dr. Thom provides will adapt to your child’s changing needs.