The Happy Visit: A Child's First Trip to the Dentist

You want your child's first experience at the dentist to be a positive one no matter what age they are. A child going to the dentist for the first time can be a handful of anxieties. Any dentist using the right techniques can transform the most terrified child into a cooperative patient who is no longer afraid. A child will leave the office with a smile on his/her face.

You should schedule your child's first appointment with the dentist after their first teeth erupt. These early visits are encouraged between 12-18 months of age. Educating parents on proper nutrition and hygiene for their kids is a big part. Children should be socialized into the dental setting with what we call "happy visits" beginning by age two.