Topeka Dentistry
Carrie Peterson, DDS & Ben Rutherford, DDS

How Old Should My Child Be for Their First Dentist Appointment?

September 24, 2022
Posted By: Topeka Dentistry

It's no secret that taking care of our teeth is important. After all, we only get one set of adult teeth! That's why it's crucial to teach our children good dental hygiene habits from a young age. But how young is too young? When should you take your child to the dentist for the first time?

At Topeka Dentistry, we recommend that a child's first dental visit should be six months after the first baby tooth emerges or around their first birthday. Of course, this can vary depending on your child's individual circumstances. If you have concerns, please schedule your little one's first appointment with us sooner rather than later. 

The Importance of Baby Teeth

It's not uncommon for people to think that baby teeth aren't important because they will just fall out anyway. However, that is not the case. Baby teeth are important for many reasons. They help children learn to speak and eat and hold space in the jaw for the adult teeth that are coming in. Additionally, cavities in baby teeth can lead to cavities in adult teeth. 

The First Dental Appointment

The first dentist appointment is usually just a quick "hello" visit. Our dentists will check your child's teeth and ensure they are healthy. This is also a great time to present dentistry as a fun and interactive experience for your little one.


These initial appointments introduce little ones to the dental office and our friendly, warm team. Seeing us regularly from an early age can help your child get used to the dentist and make them more comfortable with future appointments. So, when the time comes – our team cannot wait to meet you and your child! If you want a family or children's dentist in the Topeka area, we warmly welcome new patients of all ages to become part of our dental family.

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