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First Dental Visit

Children should have their first visit to the dentist when they are one year old. 

What will happen at my child’s first visit to the dentist?

The dentist or dental hygienist may:

  • Ask about your child’s general health and growth
  • Look inside your child’s mouth, while you hold your child
  • Discuss how to care for your infant and toddler’s mouth
  • Ask about habits such as finger and thumb sucking
  • Discuss ways to avoid accidents that could damage the face and teeth
  • Discuss the link between diet and dental health
  • Ask about  your child’s use of baby bottles, sippy cups and soothers
  • Show you how to ‘lift the lip’ to look at your child’s mouth 

The best way to prevent early problems with your child’s teeth is to find out your child’s risk of developing cavities. The Middlesex-London Health Unit offers a preventive program for your child’s teeth called PREV-OH (Preventive Oral Health). This program is located at the Middlesex-London Health Unit Dental Clinic at no cost for children who are 0 to 17 years of age.

Contact Us

Please call to book an appointment at 519-663-5317 (ask to speak with Oral Health)

Date of creation: December 19, 2012
Last modified on: May 18, 2021


1Canadian Dental Association. Early Childhood Tooth Decay. Retrieved from