First Visit

 

Your Child’s First Visit

You may find yourself thinking:“What can I expect during my child’s first visit to the pediatric dentist?”

This checklist will help you best prepare for your child’s first visit to the dentist. 

The first dental visit is educational and helps to establish a Dental Home – or home base – for your child’s dental needs. At the first visit, the pediatric dentist will examine your child’s teeth and may also discuss brushing techniques or take a model of the child’s teeth, depending on the stage of growth.

Selecting a pediatric dentist for your child can feel like a big decision for many parents, and it’s a crucial first step to ensure a lifetime of healthy oral habits.

Since pediatric dentists receive 2-3 years of additional training beyond dental school, they are experienced in making your child feel comfortable during the visit and will help ensure you have the necessary tools and information to help keep your child cavity-free. You can also consider a “get acquainted” visit before your first appointment in order to get your child familiar with and comfortable in the office.

It’s also important to note that the first visit to a pediatric dentist should be when their first tooth comes in or no later than age one. But if you have an older child – it is never too late for taking care of little teeth!