At what age should my child first visit the Dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics, recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. We want your child to enjoy getting to know our doctor and staff and be comfortable at all times. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits.
What should I expect?
Starting your child’s dental care early helps to detect any risks, assess any early treatment that may be needed. We will record the child’s dental and medical history, obtain appropriate dental radiographs, and examine your child’s mouth and discuss any findings with you. We will also review the importance of maintaining a good dental health program with you and your child to ensure a healthy and beautiful smile for life!
How should we prepare for our first visit?
Parents should not make a big deal out of the visit and refrain from using any words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle” or “drill.” We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry. You can read stories or watch videos about visiting the dentist with your child to give them positive expectations.