Questions every Parent Should ask their Child’s Dentist:

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Start them early!
1. How old should my child be before I make his first dental appointment?

We recommend that your child visits the dentist as early as 6 months old. These visits focus on parental education, as well as checking the child’s oral health. It is very beneficial for the patient as well as the parent because it allows an opportunity for both to get familiar with the dentist. Children that begin visiting their dentist as early as 6 months are in far superior dental health than children who wait until their 1st or 2nd birthday to visit. So this early education visit is critical for parent and child.

2. How well is your child’s oral care?

By asking your dentist this question it will allow you to know how well your child’s oral care is and if there are necessary changes that need to be made. Your dentist can inform you about your child’s stain and cavity build-up or how to prevent their gums from damaging. In addition, you should ask your dentist if your child’s oral development is healthy or if you’ll need to take them to see a specialist in the future. It may seem early to ask your dentist about specialists or the orthodontics. But having this conversation early will give you a head start about what procedures they may need when they are older.

3. How can a parent prevent cavities or stain build-up in their child’s mouth?

Cavities are not fun for children and even more heartbreaking for a parent to have to deal with. Knowing how to help prevent cavities can be beneficial for you and your little one. Teaching your child the importance of their oral care and showing them how to properly brush and floss can help cavities be less likely to develop. Making sure your child stays away from high sugary foods and drinks will also decrease their chances. In addition, taking them for regular dental clean ups will ensure their smile stays healthy and white.

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4. How often should a child visit the dentist?

Dentists recommend dental cleanings as often as every 6 months. But after meeting with your child’s dentist you both can come up with a schedule that is more specific to your child’s individual oral needs. Your dentist will be able to suggest the best cleaning schedules and courses of action for your child. The more regularly your child visits the dentist the more informed you will be on their oral health and if there is need for a specialist or necessary procedures.

Our dental team at River Rock Dental Family specializes in treating kids from the age of 6 months up to adults. We provide dental care for your entire family and meet every family member’s individual needs.

Contacts us today at River Rock Dental and schedule your child’s first dentist appointment.


  1. I didn’t think it was important to bring a child in so early! My little guy is 18 months old, and we think he’s finally got most of his baby teeth in. Time to make an appointment to get those teeth checked out!

  2. These questions are really good. I especially like question 3. It never hurts to always ask how to better prevent cavities or stain build-up. That way I can help my kid have really good teeth.

  3. After my daughter’s first dentist appointment, I could not remember when to schedule the second one. After reading I realized that it was 6 months. I’ll make sure to schedule it in 6 months, and after that one, I’ll ask the dentist for when the next one should be. That way I can plan ahead for the visits to prepare for them.

  4. The earlier the better, the more often that a child is taken to the dentist even better. It will also help the child by making sure they keep great habits as well as attending the dentist regularly throughout their lives.

    Great read

  5. It would be good for every parent to know how often their child needs to get to the dentist. That way they can make sure their child’s teeth are in good condition. If they don’t visit the dentist, they may have problems that could get worse. So, visiting the dentist regularly is the best option!

  6. I like that you suggest to ask how well your child’s oral care is. We had our first child about six months ago and her teeth are starting to grow in. My wife and I have been talking about how to properly take care of her teeth. I’ll have to consult with our dentist to see what he recommends.

  7. I appreciate that you recommended bringing your child in for the first time when they are six months old. My husband and I have been talking about whether we should bring our baby in for a dental appointment. She’s over six months now, so we’ll be sure to get her seen so she becomes used to the dentist.

  8. I had no idea that it was important to bring a child in at 6 months! We waited until about a year with my daughter, I want to make sure she never gets cavities. Thanks for the insight, will keep in mind for the future.

  9. I like that you mentioned to find out how often your child specifically should see the dentist. It makes sense that every kid would have different needs, so you would want to make sure you were bringing your child to the dentist enough. I am trying to make sure my son has the best oral health possible, so I have been trying to get informed. I will be sure to ask these questions, thanks for sharing.

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