When should my child first see the dentist?

Earlier than you think!

Just because your baby doesn’t have a full set of teeth doesn’t mean they are not at risk. As a general rule, you should book an appointment with your dentist when your baby’s first tooth becomes visible or they reach 12 months old, whichever comes first.

Seeing the dentist for the first time is a momentous occasion! It is a milestone in your life as a parent and should be remembered, just like a first hair cut or the first time you visit Santa together. Take photos and write about the experience. Either you’ll get a lovely first memory to reflect upon or some great material for their 21st birthday!

It’s also an opportunity for you to learn. Use this visit to become well informed about your child’s oral health and to help form good habits that they will thank you for later in life.