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Dr Glen Baker BDS (Hons)
Dr Danneil Wood BDS (Hons)

When should kids start coming to the dentist?

Visiting the dentist for the first time is all about making kids feel comfortable. It is great to have children happy and excited to come and see us. It is important that they experience the dentist before they get exposed to the negative images on TV or stories in the playground.
From around 3 they can come and have a ride in the chair, we'll count their teeth, all the while looking for early problems.
From about 5 they can have a check up, clean and brushing instruction.

At around they age of 6, the permanent molars begin to erupt so it's very important to maintain regular check ups at about this time. Protecting the permanent molar teeth with fissure sealants has been shown to be the most effective preventive strategy to keep teeth decay free.

Of course, if you have a particular concern, please call whatever the age of your child.