By the time
your child is 6 months old, your doctor should assess the likelihood of your
child having future dental problems. This may include a dental examination of the
mother and her dental history, because the condition of her teeth can often
predict possible problems with her child's teeth. If the doctor thinks your
child will have dental problems, be sure your child sees a dentist by his or
her first birthday or 6 months after the first
primary teeth appear, whichever comes first. After your first visit, schedule
regular visits every 6 months or as your dentist recommends.
Experts recommend that your child's visits to a dentist start within 6 months after the first teeth appear or at 12 months of age, whichever comes first. Babies with dental problems caused by injury, disease, or a developmental
problem should be seen by a children's (pediatric) dentist right away. If these
dental problems are not limited to the surfaces of the teeth, your baby should
also be seen by a children's doctor (pediatrician)
or your family doctor.
Talk with your child's dentist or doctor about the use of fluoride.
If needed, your dentist may apply a fluoride gel, foam, or varnish to your child's teeth.
For more information, see the topics Basic
Dental Care, Mouth and Dental Injuries, and Mouth Problems, Non-Injury.
See your dentist once or twice a year. Your dentist will examine your
teeth and gums for signs of tooth decay,
gum disease, and other health problems.
Your dentist may also look for early signs of oral cancer.
For more information, see the topics Basic Dental Care, Tooth Decay, and
Other Works Consulted
Canadian Dental Association (2003, revised 2012). CDA position on use of fluorides in caries prevention. Available online: http://www.cda-adc.ca/_files/position_statements/fluoride.pdf.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineBrian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerArden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
Current as ofAugust 9, 2016
Current as of:
August 9, 2016
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Arden Christen, DDS, MSD, MA, FACD - Dentistry
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