The general recommendation put forth by North American dental associations is that children should make their first visit to the dentist 6 months after their first teeth have come in. Many dentists claim that children should come in at least by their 3rd birthday. Visiting the dentist while your child is still young is primarily encouraged in order to educate the parents on how to take care of their child’s teeth. This first visit will also include a quick check of the child’s teeth to ensure decay has not already begun.
Starting at age 3 visits to the dentist will involve a more detailed exam and possibly cleaning and x-rays. At this age most children are more cooperative and have a greater understanding of what is going on.
At our office we encourage parents to ask questions at any time. At the time of their own cleaning, parents can bring in their children under 3 for a free first time exam (just let us know so we can book extra time for your visit). For patients who are expecting their first child we will also provide them with information on how to take care of their child’s teeth.
If you have any questions about how to take care of your child’s teeth, don’t hesitate, contact us. Sometimes these questions can be answered over the phone or via email. Other times a visit will be recommended. By age 3 your children should be on a regular recall program. Check out the next FAQ to see why.