Ages 6 months to 1 year: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend scheduling a child’s first dental exam after the first tooth has erupted and no later than the first birthday. At this appointment, your baby’s teeth and gums will be evaluated, oral habits, and diet with be discussed.
Toddlers, school-age children and adolescents: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends scheduling regular dental checkups, with the most common interval being 6 months. However, Dr. Miranda might recommend fewer or more-frequent visits depending on your child’s risk factors for oral health problems.
How to prepare your child for a dental exam:
Carefully time your child’s visit – Children tend to be more cooperative when they are well rested. For that reason we like to see children in the morning.
Be Positive. When talking to your child about the dental exam, avoid using words such as “pain,” “shot” or “hurt.” Instead, tell your child that the dentist will be using special instruments to make sure your child’s teeth are healthy. Remind your child that you visit the dentist, but don’t mention any negative dental experiences you may have had.
Listen to your child. Encourage your child to share worries about visiting the dentist or having a dental exam.
Source: Mayo Clinic