It is recommended to take your child to the dentist as soon as the baby teeth begin to erupt. Visiting the dentist early helps prevent or treat problems when they are small and more easily treated. It also helps familiarise children with the thought and process of visiting the dentist, which can be scary for some people.
To help acclimatise your children to visiting the dentist, it often helps to bring your child along to one of your own appointments—preferably a short and simple one—before you bring your child for a check-up themselves. For their first dental appointment, we usually start with a ‘ride’ in the chair and a count of the teeth.
There are many important reasons why you should take your child to the dentist, which are outlined below.