The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises for children to see a dentist and establish a dental home no later than 12 months of age. This first visit will likely be a lap to lap exam to check for any dental problems. The visit will include oral hygiene instructions specific to your child and will help establish rapport between the child and the dentist. The visit is similar to a well child check at the Pediatrician.
For the initial visit, the parent or guardian must bring the child in to complete the registration and to sign the child’s medical history.
Children under 18 may be seen with an appointed person (who is over the age of 18) and with permission from the parent/guardian in written format that includes that the child’s updated medical history, an emergency contact number, and consent for the person bringing the child to make decisions for their dental treatment.
A written permission slip will be needed for each appointment.