Your child’s first visit to the dentist should happen before his or her first birthday. The general rule is six months after eruption of the first tooth. Taking your child to the dentist at a young age is the best way to prevent problems such as tooth decay, and can help parents learn how to clean their child’s teeth and identify his or her fluoride needs.
By bringing your child to the dentist early, it will often lead to a lifetime of good oral and dental care habits. In addition it also helps to acclimates your child to the dental office, thereby reducing anxiety and fear, which makes for stress-free visits in the future.