The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends children have their first dental exam at 12 months. Children begin erupting their primary, or “baby” teeth, around 6 months of age, and therefore should be seen by a dentist soon after in order to detect problems early. We call the first visit a “Happy Visit,” with more talking, show-and-tell, and playful interaction to get the kids used to the environment and have a positive first experience. Behaviorally, children tend to do well if mom or dad brings them along to one of their own dental cleaning appointments before making the child their first appointment, so the child can see how it goes and get comfortable with the care provider. This is most effective between ages 1 and 2. You know your own children better than anyone else, and will be the best person to decide when they are ready to try their first visit.