When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?

We recommend bringing your child within 6 months of the appearance of their first tooth, or no later than his or her first birthday. While caries is declining among adults, it is definitely an expanding problem among children—especially those at a young age, who suffer from what is termed early childhood caries, or ECC.

 
Experts insist that it is also important for parents to find a “dental home” for their children, and doing this at a very young age decreases the probability that the first visit will be occasioned by an oral emergency. The Colgate-Palmolive Company recommends that parents seek out an office that is: (1) child- and parent-friendly; (2) knowledgeable about young children’s oral health, growth and development; (3) responsive to you; (4) gentle and kind toward your child—even if your child fusses when his or her mouth is examined; (5) focused on your child’s specific needs; and (6) provides specific advice as to how to care for your child’s mouth.