At Gentle Dentistry, we understand that as parents you always strive for the best care for your child, and that includes their oral health. One important milestone is their first checkup and cleaning. But when should you schedule that visit? Don’t worry, we’ll walk you through the recommended age and factors to consider when taking your child for their initial dental appointment. 

Importance of Early Dental Care

Taking care of your child’s teeth from an early age sets the foundation for healthy oral hygiene habits. Early dental visits are not just about getting teeth cleaned, they also play a vital role in preventing dental issues down the road. By starting dental care early, you can ensure your child’s teeth and gums stay healthy and strong throughout their life. 

So, when should you schedule that first visit? According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), it’s best to take your child to the dentist by the age of one or within six months of their first tooth emerging. This may seem early, but preventative care is the best way to maintain proper oral health. Early dental visits allow dentists to spot any potential problems and provide guidance on proper oral care practices tailored to your child’s needs. 

While the recommended age serves as a general guideline, it’s important to remember every child is different and may require a different approach. Certain factors can influence when you should take your child for their first dental visit. Keep your eye out for their first tooth to appear, as that can be a significant indicator that it’s time for a dental visit. Additionally, consider your child’s oral care practices and any family history of dental issues. 

What to Expect at the First Visit

You can schedule your child’s appointment at Gentle Dentistry today. The focus of the first appointment is making it a positive and comfortable experience for your child. Dr. Evans will gently examine your child’s mouth, clean their teeth, and offer education for you as parents. We will provide guidance on teething, proper brushing techniques, and tips for a tooth-friendly diet. 

We understand that a trip to the dentist can be a little intimidating for children. At Gentle Dentistry, we will always make your little one feel at ease. Consider reading children’s books about dental visits to educate your child about the dentist. Talk to your child about the visit in a positive way and explain in simple terms they can understand. By preparing them for the experience, you can help alleviate any anxiety they may have. 

Establishing a Dental Care Routine

The first dental visit is just the beginning of your child’s lifelong oral care. To maintain those pearly whites, it’s important to establish a regular oral hygiene routine at home. Make sure you are brushing your child’s teeth twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste. As they grow older, encourage them to brush their own teeth and introduce flossing. And don’t forget about the power of a healthy, tooth-friendly diet. Limit sugary snacks and drinks to keep your child’s teeth healthy and strong. 


Taking your child for their first dental cleaning and checkup is a positive step towards healthy smiles. By following the recommended age guidelines and considering your child’s unique needs, you’re setting them up for proper oral care for their entire life. Dental care isn’t just about now, it’s an investment in your child’s long-term oral well-being. Schedule your child’s dental visit at Gentle Dentistry today!