A healthy and secure dental patient is one who has had gentle dental care from an early age. Children’s dental care can begin at age one or at the first tooth.
Realizing that dental caries (tooth decay) is the most common childhood disease, we recommend that parents bring their children to the dentist upon the eruption of their first tooth or by their first birthday. By monitoring the development of the primary dentition, along with preventive instructions, children become accustomed to the dental environment. We then are able to help them transition to a comfortable and secure dental patient by the age of 3 when cooperation comes easily and the child looks forward to their routine dental visits.
A healthy bedtime routine for young children is: “Brush, Book, Bed!”