Q - How and when should I prepare for my child's first dental visit?
A - A great question for this February, which is Children's Dental Health Month! The ADA recommends the first visit happen between the ages of 1 and 2. Of course, hopefully conversations with the family's doctor and dentist have been occuring before, during and after the pregnancy, to help insure good dental homecare and nutrition. Baby teeth are important for chewing, speaking, socialization, and holding space for the adult teeth. Parent's participation is especially important for the child's first 7 years.
So, we recommend talking to your dental office prior to the first visit, to go over what the office will try to accomplish - above all else, we want this visit to go well and to be a positive, educational experience. Special "first visit" books, puppets, videos and child sized chairs are utilized as necessary to help develop trust and comfort for your child. We do as much diagnostically as we can, while keeping it upbeat for the child and parent. The appointment is reviewed, recommendations made, and the next visit set-up and most importantly, we want the little one to leave with a big SMILE!