You can take your child at a younger age, but experts recommend taking him or her within 6 months of the first tooth coming in (erupting), or by about 12 months at the latest. For instance, bring them along with the rest of the family to have their check-ups and let them experience the sights and sounds of the dentist. We can gradually get them used to the place!
At this time, the dentist can give you information on:
If possible, schedule morning appointments so young children are alert and fresh. Talk to your preschooler or older child by giving him or her a general idea of what to expect. Explain why it is important to go to the dentist. Above all, help to build excitement and understanding.
Your child’s primary check-up is to help your child feel comfortable with the dentist. A first dental visit is recommended by 12 months of age, or within 6 months of the first tooth coming in.
Try to limit foods and treats that increase tooth decay. This includes hard or sticky candies, fruit leather, and sweetened drinks and juice. Offer fruit rather than juice. The fiber in fruit tends to scrape the teeth clean. Juice can expose the teeth to sugar.