When should my child have their first dental visit?

Many new parents get their first lesson in children’s oral hygiene from their pediatrician. You will learn how to gently clean your baby’s mouth and how to care for your baby’s new teeth as they emerge. We do not recommend the use of fluoride toothpaste until two years of age and then only very sparingly because your child will simply swallow the toothpaste with the potential to ingest too much fluoride.  By the time your child is a toddler he or she is ready to start learning about oral care but their brushing and use of fluoridated toothpaste should be monitored to insure they are not using too much.


Exactly when to bring your child in for his or her first visit depends on the child’s maturity, but most kids are ready at around two-three years of age. It is important that the first visit go well, in order to set up a lifetime of good oral habits. All our new young patients begin their dental experience with what we call the “Happy Visit”.  This visit is dedicated to meeting the staff, visiting the toy basket, and getting familiar with the dental instruments. If your child is comfortable, we perform a low-stress cleaning and exam as well. It has been our experience that if a child is unwilling to complete a cleaning and exam on the first visit they are always very willing to do so on their second visit.

At Family Dental Care of Bellevue, we are committed to providing quality dental care to our patients and their families. We are proud to have been voted one of the best dental offices in Washington State. If you are ready to take the first steps toward improving your dental health, we invite you to call 425-643-5778 today to make an appointment for your initial consultation.