Children should visit a dentist by their first birthday. An infant’s first examination involves looking for any developmental abnormalities that may occur on the palate, the eruption of teeth, and the alignment of a child’s bite. Once children reach the age of four or five, they should begin receiving regular cleanings and bi-annual checkups. These formative years are imperative for establishing the ground work for proper oral hygiene and a healthy opinion of visiting the dentist. Furthermore, school-aged children can receive preventive services beyond a professional cleaning such as fluoride and sealants which help prevent dental caries from forming.