While it’s advised that a child’s first dental exam be scheduled within six months of the first tooth, our specialists recommend scheduling your little one's first exam before their first birthday (even if a tooth has yet to emerge). A child’s first dental visit gives them time to meet their dentist in a low-stress environment—boosting their confidence (and yours)! During the exam, our dentists will take the time to get to know you and your child. Though this time provides a great opportunity to talk to us about any questions or concerns you may have in regards to your child’s oral health, we find it helpful to provide parents with more information about what to expect during their visit.
What Happens at the First Dental Visit?
For many patients (and parents), going to the dentist can be daunting. For this reason, our specialists work incredibly hard to develop trust with their patients— beginning with the first exam. Your child's first visit to our office provides them with an opportunity to meet their dentist in a non-threatening and friendly space. To this end, your child's first dental visit will likely be shorter than subsequent visits and involve minimal treatment.
During your child's exam, it's not uncommon for our specialists to inquire about your child's oral hygiene routine. This helps us understand the unique needs of your little one and provide personalized education and recommendations about their care. Based upon this conversation, our specialists may do a quick check of your child's existing teeth to examine their bite and look for any potential infection in existing teeth or issues with the gums or jaw. After this brief exam, your child's dentist may ask to discuss your/your child's experiences further in order to develop a personalized oral health plan for your little one. Though this visit provides our specialists with a lot of helpful information about your child's needs, it's likely that your office will recommend scheduling a follow-up visit. Whether for treatment or a routine consultation, regular visits to our office help to build up your little one's comfort and confidence, while also allowing our specialists to monitor their continuing development.
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