June 25

When Do I Take my Child to the Dentist for the First Time?

When Do I Take my Child to the Dentist for the First Time?

As parents there are many “firsts” to experience during the first year of your child’s life. One of which is your child’s first visit to the dentist. There are many different opinions about when this should happen. Ultimately, you should do what is best for you and your child and follow the recommendations of your pediatrician and dental provider.

The AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) recommends taking your child to the dentist for the first time when their first tooth appears or near their first birthday, whichever occurs first.* Visiting the dentist early allows your child to get to know the dentist and gives the dentist a chance to follow the progression of your child’s oral development. This first visit is generally very simple. Be prepared to discuss your child’s habits (like pacifiers, thumb-sucking, etc.) You should leave with recommendations about the proper way to clean your child’s teeth and gums, helpful child-specific advice, etc.

If you need help finding a dentist in your area, contact the customer service number listed on the back of your membership card and we would be happy to direct you towards a dentist who will make your child’s first visit a positive experience.