Your Child's First Visit
During their first visit to the dentist, it is expected for some children to feel a bit nervous about the experience. Prepare your child for their first dental visit by telling them a little about what a dental visit is like and how important regular visits are to their health. Here is what you and your child should expect during their first dental appointment.
The first time your child sees the dentist should be right around their first birthday. Starting the process early will allow your child to get used to visiting the dentist, and it will allow us get a baseline to evaluate their dental development in the future. If your child's first appointment is when they are much older than one year old, their first visit is to help them see the dentist as non-threatening, and it will help us understand your child's current dental health. Ideally, you want to make the appointment as early in the day as you can, since kids tend to be better listeners during this portion of the day.
While we are evaluating your child's teeth and overall dental health, we may do a minor cleaning if your child is being especially cooperative. However, this visit is more about starting the relationship off positively, so there won't be too much pressure on your child to cooperate.
If you aren't sure what to say to prepare your child for this visit, ask the office when you call to set up the appointment. It can help make your preparations go more smoothly and their first appointment go off without a problem.