At what age should I start taking my child to the dentist?

At what age should I start taking my child to the dentist?

 

 

 

This is the most common question asked from parents of young children and many parents are misinformed. It is not uncommon to hear that you should start taking your child to the dentist around age 2 or 3, which is not correct. This came about from many believing that the child needs more than a couple teeth before the first visit. Many dental professionals have also quoted this age range because children below the age of 2 may be more difficult to deal with in the office. The correct answer is age 1 or six month from when the first tooth erupts, which ever comes first. This has been a standard recommendation from the Canadian and American Association of Pediatric dentistry. As a specialty clinic we have seen many children at the age of 2 with rampant caries affecting most of there teeth. Having children come in for their first dental exam by their first birthday allows us to help educate parents and families on early prevention, proper home care techniques to keep the gums healthy while the teeth erupt as poor gum health can relate to poor tooth health, and also determine if there are any issues with tooth and jaw growth and development.