According to recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, children should have their first dental visit by age 1, or within 6 months of their first tooth, whichever comes first. Your child’s first visit to the dentist is an exciting milestone! However, you may have some concerns about the visit. It is our goal to make your child’s visit a positive and enjoyable experience. Our team is friendly, gentle, and experienced. This allows us to help everyone, even our youngest patients, a positive association with dentistry. While it is normal to be nervous, there are things that you can do to prepare for the first visit.
Talk About It
Talk to your child about the upcoming visit. Discuss what the dentist and team will do during the appointment. It is important to avoid words that may scare your child like shot, needle, drill, etc. Focus the conversation on the dentist and the team. Remember to tell your child that they are friendly and ready to help you take care of your teeth.
You can read books about the dentist to help your child know what to expect and make them more comfortable. You can also take play “dentist” and show your child what will happen during the appointment. Make it fun and playful.
Also, it is helpful to remind your child of the visit during the days leading up to the appointment. This allows them time to process and prepare for the visit.
During the Visit
During your child’s first visit you will be able to accompany them to the treatment area. While you are always welcome to join your child during subsequent visits, we have found that allowing patients to go to the treatment area without a parent helps them establish a better rapport with the dentist. Also, it makes them more comfortable and less apprehensive.
First Dental Visit
Pediatric dentists have years more training than a regular dentist. Also, they can provide not only primary care, but specialty oral care for children from infancy through adolescence. They also receive training to make them better suited to caring for children with special needs.
If it is time for your child to have their first dental checkup, contact us! Our staff is specially trained to care for children and make their visit a great experience.