There is conventional wisdom that if a child has early dental visits, there will reduced dental disease and need for dental interventions.  During dental visit, children can receive an assessment for disease risk, anticipatory guidance, counseling on oral health behaviors, early detection, restorative services, and preventive care such as topical fluoride varnish.

Despite evidence that professional preventive dental care leads to good oral health outcomes, no strong evidence indicates the most effective age for the first visit.  Previous studies that have focused on treatment and cost outcomes have had conflicting results.