Dental decay is the single most common chronic childhood disease- 5 times more common than asthma. The most important reason to see a dentist so early is to begin a thorough prevention program. Dental problems can begin early, and once a child’s diet includes anything other than breast-milk, erupting teeth are at risk for decay. The earlier the dental visit, the better the chance of preventing dental problems. Like a “well baby” check up visit at the pediatrician, the first visit allows for counseling and guidance that lays the groundwork for your child to have a healthy smile for life.