By the time your baby is six months of age, your dentist should assess the likelihood of your baby having future dental problems, which may include a dental exam of the mother and her dental history, as the condition of her teeth can often predict her child’s teeth.  Be sure your child sees a dentist after the first primary teeth appear. After your first visit, schedule regular visits every six months or as your dentist recommends.

Experts recommend that your baby see a dentist by 12 months of age. Babies with dental problems caused by injury, disease, or developmental problems should be seen by a children’s (pediatric) dentist right away. If these dental problems are not limited to the surfaces of the teeth, your baby should also be seen by a children’s doctor (pediatrician) or your family doctor.