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Health Tip: Prepare for Your Child's First Dental Visit

(HealthDay News) -- Baby's first dental visit is very important, even if there is only one tooth.

The American Dental Association explains what should happen at your child's first visit with the dentist:

  • A careful examination to look for any injuries, cavities or any other problems with your child's mouth or teeth.

  • An evaluation of your child's risk for tooth decay.

  • A thorough cleaning of your child's teeth, and suggestions on how to care for teeth daily.

  • A discussion of your child's use of pacifiers or thumb-sucking, as well as teething.

  • A plan for any needed treatments.

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