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Question:
My daughter is 19 months old and I wanted to know when I should schedule her first dentist's appointment. She has her first 12 teeth and her eye teeth are starting to come in. Should she get seen before she's 2?

Answer:
The Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you have your child seen at 1, then at 2 and at 3; they will have their first cleaning and x-rays. Personally, I tell my parents with children under 3 not to come in unless they see a problem or there children has an accident.

The reason I tell them this is because at the first few examinations, we are looking to make sure that the eruption sequence is right and that the number of teeth is correct for their age. Obviously, if they want to come in, I will definitely see them. I just do not want them to think that it is mandatory to come in before the age of 3.

Basically, it is more parent education than anything else. If you see something that does not look right or if you want to meet the pediatric dentist, definitely make an appointment to make sure that he/she is right for you and your children.

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