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Your childís baby teeth are at risk for decay as soon as they first appear-which is typically around age 6 months. Tooth decay in infants and toddlers is often referred to as Baby Bottle Tooth Decay. It most often occurs in the upper front teeth, but other teeth may also be affected. In some cases, infants and toddlers experience decay so severe that their teeth cannot be saved and need to be removed.

The good news is that tooth decay is preventable! Most children have a full set of 20 baby teeth by the time they are 3-years-old. As your child grows, their jaws also grow, making room for their permanent teeth.

First Dental Visit

As soon as your childís first tooth appears, itís time to schedule a dental visit. The ADA recommends that the first dental visit take place within six months after the first tooth appears, but no later than a childís first birthday. Donít wait for them to start school or until there's an emergency. Get your child comfortable today with good mouth healthy habits.

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First Dental Appointment