Your Childs First Dental Visit

In accordance with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) guidelines, we highly recommend that your child’s first dentist visit should be by 12 months or six months after the child’s first primary teeth erupts, whichever is earlier.  

These early visits are important for several reasons:

  • Early Detection and Prevention of dental caries.
  • Early visits are an opportunity to discuss and manage habits like thumb sucking or the use of pacifiers, which can affect a child’s oral development.
  • Familiarity with Dental Environment: Early visits help children become familiar with the dental office environment, reducing anxiety and fear associated with dental visits.
  • Establishing a Dental Home in a timely manner in case of dental emergencies and for continuous care 

 Quick Tips on How to Prepare your child for the First Visit: 

  • Aim for a time when your child is usually well-rested and cooperative. We encourage parents to schedule this appointment in the morning.
  • Familiarize your child with the idea of someone looking into their mouth and counting or brushing their teeth. You can even play pretend Dentist at home.
  • Bring Comfort Items such as a favorite toy or blanket.
  • Your attitude towards the dentist can influence your child’s perception. Stay positive and calm.

By taking a proactive approach to dental care, you can help ensure your child grows up valuing their dental health and feeling comfortable with dental care practices.