Ideally, it is best to take your child to the dentist between six and twelve months of age. The earlier you begin, the better the chance your dentist has to prevent problems. In addition to checking for decay and other problems, the pediatric dentist will teach you how to properly clean your child’s teeth daily, evaluate any adverse habits such as thumb-sucking, and identify your child’s fluoride needs. By starting dental visits at an early age, you will help your child build a lifetime of good dental habits.
How is a dental exam performed on a baby?
The oral examination for a six- to twelve-month-old child is usually accomplished using the knee-to-knee position. This is done with the patient/child sitting in the parent's lap with the head of the child in the dentist's lap.