When should my child have their first dental appointment?

Posted Nov 26th, 2019 in Helpful Tips for Parents, General Information

When should my child have their first dental appointment?

As soon baby's first primary teeth erupt, it's time for dental care. Perhaps this seems surprisingly young, but there are a number of good reasons why your child should visit the dentist early in life. 


Regular dental hygiene starting at a very young age is key in the prevention of early childhood tooth decay. Some dental issues could be prevented from developing, while others that have already developed can be spotted by the dentist and treated before they develop into something more serious. 

The Canadian Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist by the time they are a year old, or within 6 months of the first tooth coming in. 

Early Dental Care Benefits

  • The dentist can let you know if you need to change how you care for your child's teeth at home in order to improve your child's dental health.
  • Any emerging dental problems such as tooth decay, crowding or misalignment of teeth, can be identified and treated early.
  • The likelihood of your child developing dental phobias is reduced if your child begins visiting the dentist early and having positive dental care experiences. 
  • Your child's primary teeth (baby teeth) are extremely important to their oral and overall health. By starting regular dental care early you will help ensure that these teeth stay healthy.

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

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