When Should My Child First Visit the Dentist?

The Canadian Dental Association recommends your child's first visit to the dentist be by one year of age or six months after the eruption of the first tooth. Now this is probably a lot earlier than you thought, however, I frequently see two year olds with tooth decay; sometimes many teeth are involved. If that child had been in our office at age one, we might have limited the damage from the decay and educated the parents on how to properly care for an infant's teeth. Also, it's a good idea to get them (and you) used to regular visits to the children dentist so that when there is an emergency or other concern, the child is used to the office, doctor and staff.