Dr. Sue Hollinsworth

When should a child have their first dental checkup?

A child should have their first dental checkup by the age of 1, so that any potential problems can be detected early and so that parents can be helped to know how to best care for their child's teeth and gums. The child will sit in the parent's lap,facing them, and then their head will be laid back onto the dentist's lap.The dentist will inspect the child's mouth and discuss any problem areas and preventive techniques. A fluoride varnish will then be applied to the teeth.