Preparing for Your Child’s First Dental Visit!
You are welcome to be in the room with your child during his or her examination, or remain in the lobby. This option is available to you at every checkup, not just the first visit.
For infants, we recommend that your child’s first dental visit be scheduled after the arrival of that first tooth. This usually occurs between six and 12 months of age. After the first visit, you should schedule a dental checkup every six months through the rest of your son or daughter’s childhood and adolescence.
The first official visit consists of a complete dental exam and cleaning. This includes checking for cavities and gum disease, correct alignment of the jaws, and development of the teeth. X-rays may be taken, based on the needs of your child.
The appointment also includes a final consultation to discuss any further questions or necessary dental treatment.
Before the appointment begins, we’ll describe the process to your youngster and show him or her any of the instruments that will be involved. This is done to reduce fear of the unknown.
Each child will receive a new toothbrush, dental floss, and instructions on how to use these items. Every appointment ends with a special picture of your child and a trip to the prize box for a job well done!
Regular checkups are an important part of maintaining a healthy smile!
The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist every six months for regular checkups and routine teeth cleanings to keep their teeth and gums healthy.
We understand your family has a busy schedule, so when you’re preparing for a dental visit, please remember an appointment can last between 20 and 40 minutes.
Our practice is committed to providing you and your family with safe, gentle, and high-quality dental care. We understand that your son or daughter may feel anxious about visiting the dentist. We are sensitive to children’s needs, and it is our goal to make your child feel comfortable visiting our practice while we provide the best possible care.