on taking the first step toward keeping your child’s smile healthy!
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Dental Association agree:
Children should see a dentist by the time they get their first tooth or celebrate their first birthday.
Healthy baby teeth lead to healthy adult teeth, and a healthy smile helps kids feel good so they can focus in school, eat healthy foods, and feel confident.
Use the tools on this page to make their first appointment with a dentist and find a dental home.
Your child’s first dental visit should take place after that first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday.
Why so early? Baby teeth are very important to your child’s health and development. They help him or her chew, speak and smile. But as soon as your baby has teeth, he or she can get cavities. Being proactive about your child’s dental health today can help keep his or her smile healthy for life.
To find a dentist, Alliance and Medi-Cal members can:
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