When should my child visit the dentist for the first time?

04It is commonly understood that proper dental hygiene is best learned at an early age but not many parents are aware of when their children should be scheduled to first visit the dentist or what it will be like. Have a tot who may be due for their first visit? To help you get an idea of what to expect, here is a look at dental recommendations for young children.

When Should He/She First See a Dentist?

Both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry agree that a child’s first visit to the dentist should be scheduled within 6 months of his or her first tooth appearing. (As a general rule of thumb, an appointment should be made no later than the child’s first birthday.) If your personal dentist does not accept appointments for toddlers, you may want to ask for a referral or ask around for pediatric dentist recommendations from friends, colleagues, family members and other parents.

What Will the Visit Be Like?

The first dentist visit is probably the most important for kids and their parents. This is because this is when you will be able to learn about properly caring for baby teeth and the ones that will replace them. Your dentist will cover everything from the right amount of fluoride to use and how to care for the mouth of a little one to the effects of oral habits, such as thumb sucking, and the link between a kid’s diet and oral health.

Is it time for your child to see the dentist? If so, don’t forget to do everything you can to make the experience enjoyable for him or her. If he or she feels comfortable going to the dentist at a young age, visits will be easier and more manageable in the future.