At what age should I bring my kid to the dentist?
The American Dental Association recommends parents to bring their child for their first dental visit when the first baby tooth comes in, which is usually around 6 months old.
The purpose of this visit is to introduce the child to the dental office environment so he can begin to make differentiations between the dental office, where it is usually fun for them at that young of an age, and the medical doctor’s office, where they get shots for vaccinations.
What we have found is when children are brought into the dental office for the first time when they are a bit older (say, 2 or 3 years old), they tend to be less cooperative because they confuse us with the medical doctors and think they are getting a shot.
Also, bringing a 6 month old child into the dental office enables us to start early and offer education on home care oral hygiene, the tooth development process, and the cavity formation process so parents are able to know how to prevent cavities and whether their child’s teeth are coming in in a timely manner.
Lastly, early dental visits allows the child to become accustomed to having other people place things in their mouth, so that brushing at home becomes an easier endeavor.