Guideline on Behavior Guidance. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry offers this guideline to educate: health care providers, parents, and other interested parties about influences on the behavior of pediatric dental patients.
Children should have their first dental checkup within 6 months of their first tooth eruption or by their first birthday. At this age only a visual exam will be done but early dental problems may be detected and parental questions can be answered. Early checkups also provide the child with a safe first experience.