When should I bring my toddler to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry advises parents to bring their child to the dentist for a first visit when the child's first tooth arrives or by age 1, whichever comes first. If your toddler has not yet visited the dentist, find a pediatric dentist with experience with young patients. To ensure a positive experience, role play with your child before the visit and show him or her pictures of the instruments the dentist may use. Now is your opportunity to ask any dental related questions about teething, bottles, pacifiers, nursing, or anything else on your mind so bring a list of questions.

Candace Lindemann

Children's Author & Education Consultant

Candace Lindemann is a published children’s writer and educational consultant. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. You can also find Candace blogging at http://NaturallyEducational.com. While Candace’s degrees prepared her for a career in education, she’s found that the best preparation for parenting is on-the-job training.