Children don’t often see a dentist until they are well over 2 years of age, which is considered pretty late in the dental profession.
Among children who have never visited the dentist or who have not seen a dentist in the last 12 months, the most frequently mentioned reason (62%) was that “the child is too young” or “doesn’t have enough teeth yet.”
The best thing to do is to take your child to the dentist when the first tooth grows. At that time, they are also too young to be nervous. If you’ve waited until your child is older (for example, 2 years), then he or she may have some anxiety at the time of the first visit.
The best way to prepare a child for the whirring machinery, sharp instruments, and a stranger telling him or her to open wide is to give your child a sneak preview by taking them for your next checkup. Increase their curiosity with the help of books and online resources that teach children more about dental health and dentist visits.