Prevention is the key to life-long health, and this includes your dental health. Parents can start preventing oral health issues from the time their babies are very young. The American Dental Association recommends that all parents bring their children in to the dentist's office for their first visit by the time their children reach their first birthday. This is often surprising to parents because most of their 12-month olds do not have many teeth! However, bringing children in to the dentist from the very start allows them to prevent issues and promote optimal oral health.