By age one or within six months of the first tooth eruption.
Benefits of early dental care:
Both general and pediatric dentists are trained to diagnose and treat children. However, a pediatric dentist completes two additional years of training following dental school. This advanced education is focused on the oral health needs of developing children.
Many factors influence tooth decay and cavity formation. Dental caries is a chronic childhood disease.
Fluoride is highly effective at strengthening enamel and preventing cavities. It works best when applied topically. Supplements and tablets that are ingested are not as effective and can lead to fluorosis and teeth staining.
Fluoridated moth rinses provide added protection for children six years and older, who can rinse and spit.