It is always exciting for me to see a baby's first tooth. There is just something so cute and special about their little smile when those first teeth come in. And before too long they are all grown up and those little teeth are gone! Awww :(
The best time to have baby's first professional dental check-up is typically 6 months after the first tooth comes in. Since the first tooth comes in around 6-10 months in age, this puts the kids at a little over a year old when they have their first visit. Their visit is a happy time when we look and see how things are progressing. We evaluate the developing jaw, gums and teeth and look for any potential problems. These visits are invaluable when there is something discovered that could be benefited by early intervention. Cleanings are typically done beginning at the age of 3.
We have seen many conditions in children where early discovery was paramount, i.e. tongue-ties, baby-bottle tooth decay, early childhood cavities, mouths being mishaped by excessive digit or pacifier use, cysts, infections, missing or mishapen teeth, and so on. But even with everything aright in the mouth, the first visit sets the stage for a life-time of great dental care at our office. But as for me, I just love seeing the babies!