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  Child's First Dental Appointment

Early dental care is critically important to the development of your child. The center for Disease control and Prevention found that dental decay is the most prevalent of infectious diseases among American children. In Arizona, a study by the Arizona Department of Health Services found that 22% of two year olds have already experienced tooth decay and between 5-10% of pre-school children have a condition known as "baby bottle decay." Many parents may not realize that leaving a child in bed with a bottle of sugary fruit juice is like sipping soda-pop all day. You are bathing the child's teeth in sugar…leading to cavities. The ADA has a policy recommending that children should have their first visit to a dentist as soon as the child's first tooth erupts and to schedule the first dental visit before the age of twelve months. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages the establishment of a dental home for a child no later than 12 months of age. The Arizona Dental Association endorsed the concept of establishing a dental home for children by age 1 in a formal resolution passed by the House of Delegates in Fall, 2009.