At What Age Should My Child Go to the Dentist?

Aug 19, 2021

Becoming a parent means thinking about all of your children’s needs. Finding a pediatrician, finding a daycare or school, and yes, even finding a dentist! Many parents are uncertain about when and how they should take their child to the dentist for the first time. So if you’re wondering “at what age should my child go to the dentist?” allow us to put you at ease! Read on for the full scoop.

The Rule of Firsts

A handy rule to help you remember to take your child to the dentist? The rule of firsts. That means first tooth, first birthday, first visit. Primary teeth -more commonly referred to as “baby teeth”- typically begin growing in around 6 months of age.

Though it may seem early, this first visit is essential to ensure your child doesn’t have any signs of gum or tooth decay and that their teeth are erupting and developing properly. In fact, tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, yet it is almost always entirely preventable. That’s why it’s so important to start dental visits when your child is young!

The Happy Visit

As a parent, you want to experience the exciting ‘firsts’ right alongside your little one. Their first word, the first day of school, and even their first dental appointment. We want to make your child’s first trip to the dentist a fun and memorable one that sets the tone of healthy habits your child will retain for a lifetime. That’s why we’ve created “The Happy Visit.”

So many people grow up fearing trips to the dentist, which can result in less than optimal oral hygiene. When you start your children off on the right foot, with a dental happy visit, you’re setting them up for health and success.

Our dentists and staff take extra care to make sure your child has fun at this initial dental visit. We want them to be as comfortable as possible. At your child’s happy visit, a hygienist will do a quick exam and manual cleaning with a toothbrush. Next, we will show you how to play a role in properly cleaning your baby’s teeth and discuss diet and fluoride needs. We are also happy to recommend oral care products, as needed. 

Next, one of our dentists will join the appointment to meet your little one and do a slightly more thorough exam to check for possible tooth decay. If you have concerns regarding your baby’s oral development, now is the time to share them! Our dentists will discuss and help you plan for any possible issues, such as pacifier use, crowding, etc.

Ongoing Dental Visits

We’ve already covered the big question of “at what age should my child go to the dentist?” but there’s also the follow-up question… about follow-ups! That first visit is a great opportunity to put your child at ease in a dental office, and learn more about planning for ongoing care. After that, we recommend that you start scheduling regular visits starting at age 3. This is when your child will have most of their primary teeth and will be ready for dental cleanings.

Get your child’s smile on track

Feeling empowered to get take your child for their first dental visit? To schedule your child’s first appointment, give us a call or book online. We can’t wait to see you!