When should my child see the dentist for the first time?

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that your child should see the dentist within six months of getting their first tooth. This is simply so that the child can come to the office and have a non-threatening and low-stress visit. In these visits, the doctor will “count” the teeth, looking for any visible signs of problems, such as visible decay, teeth out of place or missing, etc. The child can then be rewarded for good behavior and learn at a very early age that going to the dentist is easy and not frightening. If your child is beyond this age and hasn’t been to a dentist yet, please make an appointment and bring them in as soon as possible.