YOUR CHILD’S FIRST VISIT
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Babies reach new milestones nearly every day, and their first dental visit is another one to include in the baby book! A child’s first dental visit should occur after that first tooth appears, but no later than the first birthday. Why so early? As soon as your baby has teeth, they can get cavities. Being proactive about your child’s dental health today can help keep their smile healthy for life. Don’t wait for a dental emergency to take your child to the dentist for the first time.
To prepare a toddler or young child for the visit, talk to them about what will happen. Please have your child practice opening their mouth to get them ready when the dentist counts and checks their teeth. Reading books or watching videos about first dental visits may help your child be less fearful and more confident. The dentist will examine your child to make sure their jaw and teeth are developing in the way they should and check for mouth injuries, cavities, or other issues. Teeth are cleaned, and our team will share tips for how to care for teeth. If your child cries a little or wiggles during the exam, don’t worry. It’s normal, and we understand this is a new experience for your child. Your child will leave with a big smile and some special prizes.
Moms and dads can prepare, too. We send parents the necessary patient forms ahead of time because it is quicker and easier for you to fill them out at home instead of at the office on the day of your visit. Make a list of questions, as well.
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