First visits are an exciting time!
Early Treatment Recommendations
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends the first dental visit within six months after your baby’s first tooth appears, and no later than age one. While infants and young toddlers don’t typically require full cleanings, dental visits can be used to identify potential problems, discuss at-home oral care, and set the stage for lifelong dental health.
Early treatment can help prevent early decay and lifelong dental problems. Your child’s primary teeth are vital for chewing food, speaking, smiling, and preparing his or her mouth for permanent teeth. Unhealthy primary teeth have been proven to affect a child’s ability to eat properly, sleep well, and ultimately perform well in school.
Bring your children to the dentist early—together, we can give them a great start for a great smile.
What to Expect on Your First Visit
Before your first visit, we recommend a few steps for making your child’s first dental experience a great one.
- Choose an appointment during times of the day when they are rested (patients age 5 and under are seen in the morning).
- Reassure them if they are anxious.
- Use fun, kid-friendly words to describe what will happen during the visit.
- Be positive! Children pick up on frustration or anxiety.
When you arrive at the office, your child will play while you check in and fill out any necessary forms. You and your child will be greeted by a friendly dental assistant before taking him or her to have a cleaning. We will explain each step to your child as it happens.
After the cleaning and exam, you can discuss your child’s oral health with our team. The dentist will be available to answer any questions you may have, and we will explain any follow-up treatment we recommend.Schedule First Appointment