The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommend by the child’s first birthday or when the first tooth erupts. The emphasis is on preventing tooth decay and to teach the parent how to care for their child’s teeth.
When informing children of an upcoming dental visit, take care in how you present it. Avoid using words that cause fear such as “needle”, “drill”, “hurt” or “pull”. The first visit rarely requires such things, and even should they be necessary at some point, keep in mind that pediatric dentists are trained to convey information in a non-threatening way, helping to keep your child calm and comfortable.