When Should Your Kid Start Seeing the Dentist?


When Should Your Kid Start Seeing the Dentist?

By Karen Cicero

When should your kids start seeing the dentist? A couple of weeks ago, I was at a baby shower with a bunch of new moms, and the talk at my table turned to teeth. Baby teeth, of all things. I’ll spare you all the details — after all, you’re not getting a pink and blue cake pop if you stick around — but I promised the moms I’d find out the answer to a question they had: At what age should a child start seeing the dentist?

Some reported that their pediatricians recommended an office visit at 1 year, another said 2 years, and a couple thought it should be more like age 3 or 4. That’s some range!

And I’d hate to admit it, but I don’t even remember when my daughter, now 9, saw a dentist for the first time. I’m guessing it was between 2 and 3, but I can’t be sure — I slacked off the scrapbooking after the first year.

To get the lowdown for my new mommy friends, I called Dr. Pamela Stover-Mejias, dentist and spokeswoman for the Academy of General Dentistry. She was confident in her answer: “The first dental visit should take place about six months after a child’s first tooth has erupted.” And when does that happen? “Usually between 6 months and 1 year,” she says. So, most kids should have their first dental appointment when they’re 12 to 18 months old.

1 2Next page


Hot Moms Club was founded in 2005 and have had their fingers on the pulse of mom trends ever since. Their philosophy is simple, ‘You are not the best mom unless you are the BEST YOU!’

Related Articles


Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker