Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be when the first tooth comes into the mouth and no later than 1 year of age. This visit establishes a dental home for your child. This may sound early, but we want to focus on prevention! During that first appointment we will provide you with valuable information about your child’s oral health and dental development, will discuss diet and oral habits, and share tips on how to prevent oral disease. Also, as children begin to walk and explore the world, it is not uncommon for them to experience dental trauma. If your child has such an accident, by already having a dental home, you will already know who to call and will not be scrambling to find a dentist during this stressful time. Ultimately, if your child begins coming to the dentist at an early age, positive oral habits can develop and routine dental exams will become just a regular part of your child’s life – making visits to the dentist easier and even fun for them!