Family Dentistry: How Soon Should a Child See Their First Dentist?
How young should children first start seeing a dentist? At our family dentistry practice in Cincinnati, we recommend the sooner the better! The average age is about 2.6 years. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that a child go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth erupts. Teeth first begin to emerge at about 6 months. We tend to treat a child’s first visit as an educational exercise to get them used to seeing a dentist. This helps to eliminate fear. Our staff tries to keep the visit as fun as possible. We’ll show them the office, let them ride in the chair, and show them models of their teeth, so they understand how they work. Our dental clinic also stresses and demonstrate proper brushing. At the end of the day, we’ll send them home with a toy for a job well done.