The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises parents to bring their children to the dentist before their first birthday or as soon as their first tooth erupts. Building this relationship with a child can help form a foundation of trust between the dental team and the child. That contributes to a healthier smile for life. After the first appointment, infants and children should visit their dentist every six months. These appointments include an evaluation, professional dental cleaning, and sometimes the application of fluoride or a sealant. Children and parents will also be advised of good oral hygiene habits to help keep the smile healthy between visits.