When should my child have their first dental appointment?

When should my child have their first dental appointment?

Dental care should begin as soon as your baby's first primary teeth erupt. Today our Delta children's dentist shares the benefits of bringing your child for their first dental appointment early in life. 


Dental healthcare, including regular visits to the dentist, should begin at a very young age to help prevent early childhood tooth decay.

Visiting the dentist early in life can help to prevent many dental issues from developing, and issues which have already developed can be identified and treated before they develop into something more serious. 

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist within 6 months of the first tooth coming in or by the time the child is 12 months old. 

Early Dental Care Benefits

  • The dentist can spot any potential issues and let you know if you need to change how you care for your child's teeth at home.
  • Existing dental problems such as tooth decay, crowding or misalignment of teeth, can be identified by your child's dentist and treated before they become more serious.
  • Positive experiences while visiting the dentist early in life can reduce the likelihood of your child developing dental phobias. 
  • Baby teeth are extremely important to a child's oral and overall health. Beginning dental care early helps to ensure that baby teeth stay healthy.

To book your child's first dental appointment, contact our children’s dentists in North Delta.

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