Child’s First Visit

Child’s First Visit

Your child’s first visit to the dentist is a developmental milestone.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child’s first visit be at the eruption of their first tooth and no later than their first birthday.

Visiting the dentist for the first time!

Your child’s first dental appointment is the time when you will get to know your pediatric dentists and we will get to know you and your child.

The first visit is an opportunity for our pediatric dentists to evaluate your child’s oral and dental health and help establish good oral hygiene routines.  We will check your child’s teeth and gums, oral development and provide a dental cleaning, fluoride treatment and x-rays if necessary.

Topics that will be covered include: teething and tooth eruption, diet, fluoride, oral hygiene, caries risk assessment, habits and more.  This is also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Our goal is to establish a “dental home” for your child; one where he/she will feel comfortable and one that is easily accessible for routine care and dental emergencies.  As your child’s dental home you can feel confident that we can always be contacted for your child’s dental needs!

Frequently Asked Questions

My child still has ‘baby teeth.’ Is it really necessary for us to visit a dentist?

Yes. The primary teeth are not only important for communication and digestion, but they also directly impact the future health and development of your child’s permanent teeth.

What should I expect at my child’s first dental visit?

You should expect an environment that is kid-friendly including an area for children of all ages.  The little ones can bring the playground inside and play on the slide, for the computer savvy kids we have i-pad gaming stations or they can visit our fish tank until their name is called.  Once called, your child will either go straight to our brushing station; where one of our staff will demonstrate brushing and have them brush their teeth.  If patients require x-rays of their teeth, that will be done before they brush.  Your child will then sit in an exam chair where their teeth and gums and dental development will be checked, cleaned and provided fluoride treatment.

Will I need to follow-up with my child’s dentist in the future?

Yes.  You should return to the dentist for additional pediatric dental check-ups and cleanings at least once every 6 months.  Also, do not hesitate to contact your child’s dentist if you notice signs of decay, oral pain, or developmental delays.