When should I take my child to the dentist for the first check-up?

Getting an early start in regular dental care is an important step on the road to teaching your child healthy lifetime habits. Some experts say the first dental visit should occur shortly after the first tooth erupts and no later than the child’s first birthday. Some experts say the first visit should be once your child has all their baby teeth, around the age of 2. Beginning tooth and mouth examinations early may lead to detection of early stages of tooth decay that can be easily treated. It also gives you a chance to discuss your child’s needs with the dentist. That being said, most children will be 3 or 4 before they understand why a dentist should examine their teeth. At this age, I recommend a wellness visit. Which at our office, we call a “happy visit”. At this visit, your child gets to meet us, have an examination, teeth brushing instructions and a reward. We find children are much more relaxed at their first cleaning appointment if they have had this positive experience first.