At What Age Should My Child See the Dentist for The First Time?
Posted on 9/7/2020 by Tiny Teeth Pediatric Dentistry
One of the most challenging parts of being a parent is knowing when is the correct time for various milestones. One of the most important of these is your child's first visit to the dentist. Obviously, you do not want to take a child who is too young, as you could risk causing some emotional trauma. On the other hand, it is vital that children learn at an early age that going to the dentist is a positive experience that should not cause them any fear or anxiety.
So, when should you bring your child in to see us? Most healthcare professionals agree that the best age for the first dentist visit is around the time that the child begins to grow teeth. For most children, this is no later than one or two years of age.
The Child's First Visit
It might seem a little odd to bring a child to see us when he or she only has a few teeth. Keep in mind, however, that the purpose of this first visit is not actually to clean the teeth. Rather, it is to provide your child with an opportunity to get to know us and develop a relationship with us. This will lead to much easier visits in the future. We can give your child the chance to sit in the dentist's chair (with or without looking into the mouth), meet the staff in our office, and develop positive feelings about our office.
After the first visit, then your child should come to see us every six months, just as you do. This will allow us to closely watch as his or her teeth grow and develop. Further, it will help your child to learn the importance of regular dental visits.
We are here to make your child's first visit go well. Please feel free to contact us if we can do anything to help.