Chances are your baby’s smile lights up your life. But what are you doing to protect that smile? Because a child doesn’t usually have a complete set of teeth until around age three, parents may wonder what constitutes the appropriate time to take their children to the dentist. After all, what can a dentist do with one or two teeth? According to the American Dental Association, the first dental visit should occur within six months of the emergence of a child’s first tooth but not after his or her first birthday. The first visit plays an important role in establishing the groundwork for a lifetime of oral health for your child. Your Des Moines dentist, Dr. Jessica Johnson, discusses the first dental visit and the importance of caring for a child’s teeth.