Great question, and certainly potentially confusing based on what you may read or hear from other people. The best age to take your child to the dentist is the age when your child will benefit the most. Advising and educating parents and their children is appropriate at all ages, including during pregnancy. The mothers’ periodontal health is often dictated by other changes going on in her body. Recognition and early treatment yields health benefits to both mother and child.
After many years of providing dental care to children and adolescents, Northport Family Dental would suggest the first checkup and cleaning for your child around age 4. It’s a reasonable developmental marker to enable your child to fully benefit.
It can be helpful to have your younger child accompany you or an older sibling to their check-up visit. They can watch a fun instructional video and become familiar with our office environment. The appropriate behavioral cues are learned simply by observation, setting the stage for their “Big Day” when they’re ready to participate fully. Remembering where the Prize Box never seems to be an issue.
Northport Family Dental has been caring for families for over 30 years.
If there is a concern or perceived need for treatment, call our office and arrange to speak to either Dr. Rubin or Dr. Quinn. Different things happen at every age and there are no stupid questions.