Dental care has changed a great deal in recent years.
A child's first visit to the dentist should be scheduled when the first few baby teeth appear at around age 6 months. This will be a get-acquainted visit. At about 3 years old, when most of the baby teeth have come in, a child should begin having exams every 6 months. This allows the child to get used to dental visits. Most children who start this way do not develop lifelong fears of the dentist's office. The dentist will show the parents how to care for a small child's teeth and recommend fluoride supplements when needed. Twice yearly (every six months) dental visits should be continued from childhood through adulthood.