While guidelines state that children should see a dentist by age one, the reality is that there is little that needs to be done for most one year olds, assuming that they are receiving proper care and nutrition at home. Of course, if a parent suspects that there may be a problem, a dentist should examine the child, regardless of age.
Dr. Wahlers’s children both received their first polish and ride in the chair at about the age of two and a half. Some parents prefer to wait until their child is three years old. It also depends a great deal on the temperament of the child.
We do encourage parents to bring their children with them to their cleanings. This is a great way to introduce children to the dental office so that they can see that it’s not a scary place and that getting their teeth cleaned is a normal thing to do. Plus, kids tend to have a lot of natural curiosity, and we can answer their questions using language they can understand and show them the instruments we use. By the time it’s their turn, they’ll often be quite eager to have their first cleaning!
If you have any questions about children’s dentistry, feel free to call our office and we’ll be happy to help!