When Should My Child’s First “Regular” Visit Be? What Should We Expect?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that your child see a dentist by their first birthday! The first dental visit is all about getting to know your child and you, as well as addressing any questions or concerns you may have. Our doctors will take some time to discuss diet, tooth brushing and will also discuss how we can all work together to provide your little one with a lifetime of good dental health.
Sometimes dental visits can be a source of anxiety for parents and their children. We strive to make the first experience (and every subsequent visit) a pleasant one for you and your family. Having positive early experiences at the dentist can really help set the stage for a lifetime of looking forward to “going to the dentist”. In fact, many of our current little patients really do look forward to coming to see us!
Depending on your child’s age and what we find during the examination, X-rays may be taken to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums.
We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home.
What should I do to prepare my child for the first visit?
Just let them know that they’ll be visiting the dentist to have their teeth checked! Leave the rest to our staff and doctors. We will treat your child in a manner most appropriate for their age and needs and teach them everything they need to know according to their level of comprehension!