Visiting the Dentist
Baby's First Visit
- A child’s first visit to the dentist should be by one year of age. If your child is over one year of age and has not yet visited a dentist, book an appointment as soon as possible.
- Prepare your child for her first visit by:
- Bringing her along on your dental appointments.
- Talking about what’s going to happen.
Help make your baby's first visit to the dentist pleasant by preparing before you go. If her first encounter is fun and relaxed, she'll look forward to future visits.
When to book baby's first visit
A child's first visit to the dentist should be by 1 year of age. If your child is over 1 year of age and has not yet visited a dentist, book an appointment as soon as possible.
Be sure to book your child's first appointment before there's a problem. At the dentist, you'll learn how to keep your child's teeth healthy and prevent dental problems.
If you can't afford to take your child to the dentist, call 905-799-7700 to arrange a dental screening for your child at a Peel Public Health Dental Screening Clinic near you. Your child might qualify for the Healthy Smiles Ontario (HSO) program.
What happens during baby's first visit
Your baby's first dental visit will help her get used to the dentist, the dental equipment and the office surroundings. The dentist will examine the baby's mouth to make sure everything is okay.