The ideal time for a child's first visit to the dentist is about six months following the emergence of his or her first tooth or by one year of age. It provides the dentist an optimal opportunity to carefully examine the development of a child's mouth and teeth and find any problems right away and fix them. A child learns at an early age that going to the dentist helps to prevent problems and becomes more relaxed with each subsequent visit. Parents benefit as they can find out if the 'cleaning' at home is working.
To safeguard against issues such as baby bottle tooth decay, irritations from teething, gum disease and prolonged thumb-sucking, our dentists are more than happy to recommend, and provide if necessary, special measures of preventative care.
It's also important to practice good oral hygiene with your child to set a lasting example. Limit sugar intake and supervise your child while he/she brushes to confirm they use proper form. Also ensure regular dental checkups are the norm in your household.