Children’s Dentistry

At What Age Should I Schedule My Child’s First Dental Visit?

Starting your child’s dental visits at a young age is important for many reasons. But just what age is the right time to start their dental care? The best recommended age for the first dental visit is around one year of age. By starting from age one, your dentist can develop a relationship with your child, help them feel comfortable and help calm any fears that they have from a young age. 

Their First Visit

A child’s first visit will mainly involve getting to know their dentist, sitting in the dental chair and having their teeth examined. Nothing extensive will be done and no x-rays will be taken. This will help pave the way for them to feel comfortable and meet our team! This first visit will also allow their dentist to answer any questions you may have and inform you of any future cosmetic care that may be recommended such as a gap in their teeth or crowding issues. 

By keeping up with their regular visits every 6 months from age one, their dentist can catch dental problems early. Alignment correction, if recommended, can start earlier and most likely will save you from more costly treatment later on. Cavities and tooth decay can be caught early and prevented from getting worse. And your child will grow up knowing their dentist and being comfortable with regular dental care. This is the best way to pave a smooth path for their dental future and prevent dental fears from becoming a problem. Building healthy habits at a young age will teach them the importance of dental care for life.

Of course, one of the best ways to keep their smile healthy is home care. Brushing and flossing regularly is critical. Avoiding sugary foods unless they can brush their teeth soon after is a good idea for preventing cavities as well. Flossing can begin once their teeth are close enough together to touch. 

If you are in search of children’s dentistry in Olympia, WA, pick up the phone to get your little one started on the beginning of their dental journey. We will go the extra mile to ensure their care and comfort.