When should a child have their first dental appointment?

When should a child have their first dental appointment?

Is it time to make a dental appointment for your child?

It is recommended that you bring your child to see the dentist as soon as they start developing their first teeth. At Byron Family Dental Care we suggest you initially bring your child with you during your own dental visit. This allows your child to become familiar with the dentist. We believe a child’s good oral hygiene starts with their parent’s own good oral hygiene.

Early dental visits encourage children to care for their teeth and gums properly from a young age. These visits also allow the dentist to detect any problems associated with your child’s oral health early. Early detection of problems can avoid and prevent young teeth from decaying, getting infections, or breaking.

What happens during a child’s first dental visit?

  • You will have the opportunity to meet the dentist and talk about any oral health concerns you may have for your child
  • The dentist will examine your child’s teeth and gums to look for any signs of tooth decay or other oral problems
  • Depending on your child’s age and comfort level, your child can sit on your lap in the dental chair
  • If the dentist suspects a problem with your child’s dental health, they may suggest a clean and/or an x-ray be taken to examine the problem more closely

When should you start brushing your child’s teeth?

Good oral hygiene starts at home, and from an early age. We recommend familiarising your child with brushing their teeth as soon as they get teeth, or even before. Most children naturally go through a phase where they like to put almost everything in their mouth. This is a good time to hand them a toothbrush. Little ones also love copying mum and/or dad, including your child in your morning brushing routine is a great way to establish positive oral health hygiene and habits. 


If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s teeth please feel free to contact us, or book an appointment online today.