One of the most common questions we are asked is, "When do I really need to start bringing my child to the dentist?" The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child visit the dentist within 6 months of getting their first tooth, but no later than age 2.
What will a dentist do at such an early age? The purpose of the first visit is not really to do anything other than get a child used to sitting in the dental chair and having someone look in their mouth. Many patients at our practice bring their children with them to their appointments so that they can become used to being in the dental office. Watching a parent can be a great way to teach a child what happens at the dentist. Check with your dentist first before you bring children to an appointment as some dentists do not encourage this approach.
Does my child need a pediatric dentist? Not necessarily. Many general dentists see a large number of pediatric patients and are comfortable treating their needs. Children that cannot tolerate treatment or those with exceptional dental needs may be referred to a pediatric dentist as necessary.
For more information check out the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.