Building a Strong Foundation for Lifelong Smiles
Preparing for Your Child's First Dental Appointment
Feel free to have a conversation with your child about their upcoming visit to the dentist. The primary goal of their initial appointment is to create a relaxed and enjoyable experience while building a positive rapport with the dentist. Sometimes, not knowing what to expect can make people, including children, feel a bit apprehensive.
Here’s what your child can anticipate during their first visit:
Communication and Understanding
We will engage in a conversation with both you and your child, explaining our procedures and their purpose in language that’s friendly and relatable to kids. We’ll demystify any unfamiliar terms, ensuring your child feels as comfortable and confident as possible. You’ll soon see that we’re not as intimidating as it may seem!
We will gently examine your child’s gums, tongue, teeth, and overall oral health. This examination will help us identify any areas of concern or areas that may require extra attention at home. We’ll provide you with personalized guidance and make a note to focus on those areas during future appointments.
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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
The American Dental Association recommends scheduling your child’s first dental visit within six months of their first tooth eruption, typically around their first birthday. Early visits help establish good oral health habits and allow the dentist to monitor dental development.
During the first visit, the dentist will perform a gentle examination of your child’s mouth, gums, teeth, and overall oral health. They will also provide guidance on proper oral care and answer any questions you may have.
To prepare your child, talk positively about the dentist, read books or watch videos about dental visits, and avoid using scary language. Arrive a little early to let your child become familiar with the environment, and bring a comfort item if it helps them feel at ease.
Dental anxiety is common, especially in children. Pediatric dentists are trained to create a child-friendly, calming atmosphere. They use age-appropriate language, show children the tools, and take their time to build trust. If your child is still anxious, you can discuss options for sedation or relaxation techniques with the dentist.
Typically, children should have dental check-ups every six months. However, your dentist will tailor the schedule to your child’s specific needs. Regular visits help track oral development, address any issues early, and reinforce good dental habits for a lifetime of healthy smiles.
What Our Patients Are Saying
My wife cannot say enough about the care and service of all staff. The best dental experience ever.
Great atmosphere. Very helpful and are always willing to answer questions. I am very afraid of dental offices but I feel
more and more comfortable coming here as the staff have made me feel more confident.
Thoroughly examined everything, talked and showed clearly on pictures/video what issues were, and then prioritized. Hygienist was awesome and knowledgeable. Will continue as a patient.