How and when should I prepare for my child's first dental visit?
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 occurring before, during and after the pregnancy, to help ensure 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.
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 be a positive, educational experience. Special "first visit" books, puppets, videos and child sized chairs are utilized to help develop trust and comfort for the 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.
Most importantly, we want the little one to leave with a big smile! After the appointment, kids pick a toy from the toy basket to take home!
"Our daughter, was in for her first dental check-up right after her third birthday. She was very excited to go see the dentist and to have her teeth tickled. :) ... Read More