When should my child first see a dentist and why?
We recommend children be seen at our office by their 1st birthday. This is an ideal time for our doctors to carefully examine the development of your child's mouth. Dental problems often start early so the sooner the visit the better. To safeguard against problems such as baby bottle tooth decay, teething irritations and prolonged thumb-sucking, our team can recommend special preventative care.
How do I prepare my child and myself for the visit?
Our goal for the first visit is to establish a warm connection with your child and to help relieve any fears your child may have. We understand that your child may be anxious and our team will help your child every step of the way. We encourage you to talk to your child in a positive way about what to expect and to build excitement about coming to the dentist.
What will happen on the first visit?
Infant/Young Children (1-3 years old)
First dental visits are very low key and non-invasive at this age. The bulk of the visit consists of you asking questions and sharing information about your child’s teeth. We’ll most often do a quick exam to make sure things are developing correctly. The exam is completed, and if your child does well, we can do a quick brushing with a normal child’s toothbrush.
Children (4 years and older)
A first dental visit at this age often involves an exam, flossing, and cleaning. Children may have some radiographs taken if necessary. Most of what we do is dependent on the age and comfort level of your child.
Appointments for young children should always be scheduled earlier in the day, when your child is alert and fresh
For a first visit, children must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.