Getting a good start on your child’s dental care is a top priority for us. Our goal on the first visit is to establish a positive relationship between your child and our dental team.
The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children have their first dental visit by their first birthday or within 6 months of the eruption of their first tooth.
- During this first visit we will examine your child’s facial and dental development
- We will review our recommendations on brushing, flossing, fluoride and any habits your child may have.
- Radiographs (x-rays) are an important part of a thorough examination. X-rays may be recommended based on the clinical exam.
- Dental prophylaxis (cleanings) are recommended at the first visit and every 6 months pending your child’s comfort level.
- Many children do not feel comfortable sitting in the dental chair on their first visit, so we often examine them sitting on your lap or laying back with the parent and doctor knee to knee like a small table.
Please try not to be nervous or apprehensive when you discuss the dental visit with your child. Avoid words like “hurt,” “shots,” “drill” and “pain.” We will use age-appropriate, child-friendly words to explain our dental procedures. Bookstores and libraries have very simple “first dental visit” books to read with your child prior to a first appointment.
Our team is flexible and always tries to adapt to your child’s needs. Our team loves what we do and we take great pride in providing pediatric dental care to your children.
You can help by being a positive role model with your own dental health. If you avoid sweet or unhealthy snacks your child will not learn these poor habits. Also if your children see you brushing after breakfast and flossing and brushing before bed, they will better mirror your example.
Together we can make your child’s dental visit to our office a great experience!