Dr. Rosenthal recommends children see the dentist for the first time at 2 1/2 years old. Younger children are seen as needed for specific problems.
The first appointment is an examination of the child and a consultation with the parent, and the second visit is a cleaning and fluoride treatment. Dr. Rosenthal purposely splits the first and second appointments because children do best in short, easy appointments and always want to return!
You can download first-visit forms here.