A child’s first visit to the dentist

1st February 2016

We recommend a first visit to the dentist when your child’s teeth start to come through but it’s well worth bringing them before this, when you have an appointment, so that the sights, smells and sounds of the practice become familiar.

All children are different of course, but you should usually see the first tooth coming through at around 6 months and expect all 20 to have appeared by 24 months. From the age of 6 or 7 the first adult teeth will start to come through and the baby teeth will begin to fall out.

Your dentist will advise on what the first examination will entail, but generally it’s an opportunity for a quick look inside the mouth and crucially, a chance to sit in the big chair! Don’t be surprised if it takes a few visits for them to show us their teeth, and don’t let it put you off – there is still a lot a dentist can help you with or advise you on without even seeing the teeth.

After the first visit, do ensure that you follow your dentist’s advice about recalls; often this will be suggesting your child has regular 6 month check ups – this is as important for little ones as it is for adults and of course, no matter how many teeth have appeared, do clean them twice daily (fluoride toothpaste, spit but don’t rinse) and limit the sugary treats!


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