Our office, along with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommend that children first visit the dentist around their first birthday, or when teeth begin to appear. When good dental habits are formed early, many potential problems can be prevented, and as long as teeth are present the potential for cavities exist.The first visit to the dentist can be a source of anxiety for both parents and children. Answer any questions your child might have before their visit, but try not to make a big deal out of going to the dentist. The first visit should be a pleasant and enjoyable experience to ensure future visits are met with less apprehension.If your child asks about dental procedures, avoid using scary words like “needle,” “shot,” “drill,” and “hurt” that may leave a lasting impression or instill fear of the dentist. Fear is not uncommon, but most those fears should be quelled after the first visit.
Parents are welcome during the initial exam, and this can help ease some of your child’s anxiety. During future exams we recommend you allow our staff to guide your child through their visit, as this allows us to build a better rapport and level of comfort with your child. Parents are always welcome to accompany their child to the treatment room whenever desired.If you have questions about your child’s teeth or dental care, you may want to make a list of questions to ask during the initial visit. Our staff is always willing to answer any questions you may have, so don’t hesitate to ask during your child’s appointment or to call with any follow-up questions.