When Should a Child Receive Their First Dental Check-up?

I have many parents ask me at what age should they bring their child in for their first check-up? The American Pediatric Dental Association recom- mends a child should start seeing a dentist by their first birthday.

There are many solid reasons why I believe in starting this habit at such a young age. First and foremost, is establishing the feeling that the dental office is a familiar and comfortable place, and building a trustful relation- ship while someone is young. In the dental office, there are many new sights, sounds, and smells, and it is important children experience these firsts in a relaxed and fun way. At our office we strive to make this process as fun as can be, while also educating you on all the dental dos and don’ts that will keep your child’s smile healthy and beautiful.

By starting the habit of routine check-ups at an early age, we are also teaching your child that a healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy body. We will always help to motivate and encourage this process from the first infant exam through adolescence to adulthood.

Should your child ever be in need of further dental treatments, we have al- ready fostered a great relationship, which allows us to treat your child with much less associated anxiety. I also believe that I can find cavities when they are smaller and easier to treat, if a child is seen earlier and often.

I recommend I see your child once every six months for a cleaning and check-up starting at the age of one. With this important good early start, I promise to build a foundation of trust and security, and to give you and your child the building blocks needed for a healthy smile for life.