Questions about your child’s first dental visit? Does your child now have teeth, and you are asking what do I do now? We recommend children to be seen at our office as soon as they have teeth or at least by the age of 1. When children are seen at a early age, we can give parents the education they need for their children’s oral health, and the child can become comfortable having their teeth looked at and cleaned. But before you assume that getting your child into the dentist’s chair will involve a tantrum, remember that your child doesn’t harbor any ill will toward their first dentist. Keep a positive outlook, and expect the first dentist appointment to be short and informal. It’s more of a meet and greet for your child and the hygienist/dentist. Depending on your child’s age and comfort level, you may be asked to hold your child while the dentist looks around their mouth. Remember tooth decay can occur as soon as the first tooth erupts. During this appointment, the doctor can go over oral hygiene, the best way to clean your child’s teeth, proper diet, and fluoride treatments. Also, habits such as thumb-sucking and sucking on a pacifier can be addressed at the appointment. Baby teeth are very important for a child, and can help them with speech, chewing, and holding spaces for their permanent teeth. Some baby teeth stay in a child’s mouth until the age of 12, so keeping a cavity-free mouth is very important.