When should my child first see a dentist?
We recommend that your son or daughter’s first visit to the dentist take place as soon as his or her first teeth erupt—usually anywhere from six months to one year old. Although that might seem early, it enables us to start building a positive relationship between your child and the dentist. Many adults who are fearful of the dentist report that their anxiety began at a young age with an unpleasant experience at the dentist. We strive to help your child feel comfortable, safe and confident about dentist visits in the future.
Early visits to the dentist also give us a chance to monitor oral development in your child and address concerns in their earliest stages.
As your child gets older and more comfortable in the dentist chair, we will begin to include cleans as part of their routine check-ups. We may also recommend fluoride treatments and dental sealants to help keep tooth decay from forming if needed.
Bringing your kids to the dentist also provides us with an opportunity to educate both you and your child on proper oral home care. Until little hands have the dexterity to brush and floss properly, it’s up to mums and dads to ensure teeth are being cared for at home.