When should my child start seeing the dentist?

When Should My Child Start Seeing the Dentist?

Posted on 13 Feb
Pediatric Dentistry

Children’s oral health is all about prevention, and knowledge is really the key to preventing painful and costly dental issues.

A frequently asked question is, “When should my child start seeing the dentist?” The answer is that, ideally, your child should be seen by a dentist by 12 months. In other words, “first dentist visit by their first birthday.” 

Children’s Dental Health Issues

Let’s take a step back and unpack where this recommendation comes from.

Did you know that…

  • Dental decay is the most common chronic disease in children
  • 60% of children experience a cavity in their baby teeth by age 5
  • Untreated decay can cause pain and infection that can result in trouble eating, trouble sleeping, trouble focusing in school, and damage a child’s self-esteem
  • A simple conversation with a pediatric dentist early in a child life can help foster a lifetime of good oral health

Overall, it’s so important to make sure a dentist examines your child by their first birthday. Prevention is key to helping your child have a happy and healthy mouth as they get older!

What Happens at a Child’s First Dental Visit?

So, you’ve scheduled your child’s first dentist visit…way to go! There’s nothing to worry about; your child’s first dentist visit will be an exciting one, and we’ll help you through each step. Just remember: ensuring a lifetime of good oral health starts at a young age!

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