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What Is A 1 Year Well Check?

At South OC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, we’re committed to the oral health of kids of all ages, especially infants. That’s why we’re delighted to provide your bundle of joy with a 1 Year Well Check to make sure their tiny smile is on track for a lifetime of great health. Our 1 Year Well Check is backed by the recommendations from The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), which encourages children to visit the dentist by or before their first birthday. Plus, our 1 Year Well Check is FREE for babies under 18 months! Book your infant’s first visit to have their smile examined by of our board-certified pediatric dentists today.

Benefits of a 1 Year Well Check

We know you must be wondering why it’s important for your baby to visit the dentist if their teeth will eventually fall out naturally. To keep your infant’s smile safe, healthy, and strong for years to come, it’s important for a board-certified pediatric dentist to examine their current oral health. Baby teeth provide the “path” that the adult teeth will follow when they begin to erupt. If your child’s baby teeth are decayed, or they lose a baby tooth earlier than they’re supposed to, this could lead to further oral development issues as your child grows.

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A child is having dental check-up.

What to Expect At Your Child’s First Appointment

To begin, Drs. John De Lorme, or Sam Wu will ask a few basic questions about your child’s oral health, such as when their first teeth came in and their current oral care routine. This information will allow your dentist to provide the personalized care your baby deserves. Then, your child’s dentist will examine your infant’s mouth to look for any developmental issues or signs of decay, and “count” your infant’s teeth to note their smile growth. Your child’s gums will also be examined at this time. Even though gum disease is extremely uncommon among infants, inflammation and irritation can still occur. Once the exam is finished, your dentist will discuss your baby’s oral health and offer tailored advice on how to keep their teeth healthy.

What to Bring To Your Baby’s 1 Year Well Check


Bring along any insurance information you may have to finance your child’s 1 Year Well Check. Our office is in-network with a variety of insurance plans to keep care accessible for all children.


Fill out our digital patient forms to keep our staff updated on your baby’s oral health. Completing these forms early minimizes wait time and ensures a seamless visit.


To keep your baby soothed, excited, and comfortable during their 1 Year Well Check, we encourage parents to bring blankets, toys, or other playful items to encourage security throughout their visit.

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