When should you start your child’s dental checkup?

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The health of baby (primary) teeth is as important as permanent teeth because they help the child chew and speak and also hold space in the jaws for permanent teeth. In addition, decay in baby teeth may increase risk of decay in permanent teeth.

The decay in baby teeth can occur after first teeth eruption. Early dental checkup can help protect your child’s teeth and prevent problems such as tooth decay. The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that the first dental visit should occur within six months after the first baby’s tooth appears, but no later than the child’s first birthday. A dentist checks the baby’s teeth for decay and other problems and also can show you how to clean your child’s tooth and they can answer your questions about baby’s teeth.