When should I take my child to the dentist?

Ideally, dental visits should start at a young age. This is to help you take good care of your child’s teeth and to prevent tooth decay and other dental problems.

A child who has had a number of simple visits to their dentist has had a chance to build some confidence and trust in the dental teamand is much more likely to develop a favourable attitude to dental procedures.

Then, in the event of your child needing to have a dental procedure, it is more likely that they will be able to cope.


Children who go to the dentist only when there is a problem are much more likely to be frightened and unable to tolerate treatment. Anxious child patients become anxious adult dental patients. Regular early visits are very important for prevention and building of trust.