Good question! Dentists and pediatricians agree that children should have their first dental visit within six months of the first tooth coming in, or at least by age one. We, at Life Smiles family dentistry in Plymouth, MN, believe in preventative oral health and in creating happy experiences for children. No child is too young for good dental health.
A 2006 scientific paper in Pediatric Dentistry revealed that children who waited past their first birthday and did not see a dentist until age two or three "were more likely to have subsequent preventative, restorative and emergency visits." If you heard from a dental office that the dentist doesn't see children until the age of three, they really just don't like seeing children. If you are looking for a child friendly practice in Plymouth, you've come to the right place.
The child's first dental visit is mainly educational and is a considered a "well baby check." It is wise to establish a dental home and ensure that you, the parents, learn the tools you need to help your children remain cavity-free. In case of a dental emergency, you will also have someone who will see you after hours.