According to the Center for Disease Control, tooth decay is a leading chronic childhood disease – more common than asthma. And because of this, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), recommends a child’s first dental visit when their first tooth erupts. This first visit, normally by the time they are 1, allows the dentist to talk to the parents about risks of developing cavities, and how to lessen these risks. These early visits also allows the child to become familiar with dental visits, so that as they begin their regular check ups (normally by the age of 3), it is not too much of a stressful time for the child. Want more information?