What to Expect at your First Visit
Your child’s first dental visit in our office will include a review of their medical and dental history and a thorough dental exam. The dental exam will be an evaluation of the teeth and gums, a head and neck exam, and a preliminary orthodontic evaluation. Your child may also receive a cleaning and fluoride treatment at the first visit. Our dentists may prescribe digital x-rays to develop a diagnosis and treatment plan and will discuss these findings with you at the end of the appointment.
Parents are welcome to accompany their child for their visit; however, we find by age 3 most children like to come back to the clinic by themselves and enjoy their independence. We encourage this, as we continue to develop a relationship with your child. We spend time talking with them and showing them photos of cavities, plaque, dental floss and healthy teeth. We also teach them how to brush with adult supervision at our child-size brushing stations. You will be given a tour of the office following your child’s first appointment, prior to visiting with your dentist.
Age 1 Dental Visit
The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and American Dental Association recommend children have their first dental visit when the first tooth comes in, usually between six and twelve months of age.
Establishing a dental home by age one prevents decay because of early education and preventative care. In addition, you can anticipate what to expect in your child’s dental development. In the same way you establish a medical home with your child’s physician for their well-child visits, you should have a dental home established to prevent decay and handle any dental emergencies.