There is no minimum age for a child’s first dental visit. Cavities can develop as soon a tooth erupts. Most dentists are happy to evaluate a child at any age. In the past the rule of thumb was to start dental visits at age 3, but not anymore. It is possible, with the help of a parent or guardian, to examine a child at any age. A problem detected early is much easier to treat.
It is very important for parents to monitor a child’s oral health. Parents can do this by beginning to brush a child’s teeth as soon as they erupt. Children learn an important habit by this parental example and parents have an opportunity to monitor for oral problems. It is time for a dental visit if something does not look right.