What happens at the first dental visit?
At your child's first dental visit with us our goal is to get to know you and your child and give them the best experience possible! We will take our time to allow your child get to know us, our staff and get acquainted with our kid-friendly office. We will review your child's health history, dental history and risk factors for cavities. Dr. Lindsey or Dr. Ryan and their team with discuss oral health, disease prevention, trauma prevention and dental development specific to your child's age. During the exam, Dr. Lindsey or Dr. Ryan with check your child's teeth for cavities, examine your child's bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaws and oral tissues. We have the most up-to-date technology available, digital radiographs, to capture images of your child's teeth and mouth. Your child's teeth will be cleaned and a fluoride treatment can be provided. Our goal is to make the dentist a fun place to visit!
At what age should my child have their first dental visit?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Association of Public Health Dentistry all recommend that your child has their first dental visit by their first birthday. Your child should first visit the dentist when their first tooth comes in which is usually between 5-8 months. However, if they do not get a tooth before 12 months of age it is still important to see them in order to make sure their teeth are developing normally.
You may ask, "Why so early? What dental problems could a baby have?" The most important reason is to begin a thorough prevention program. Dental problems can begin early. A big concern is Early Childhood Caries (formerly known as baby bottle tooth decay or nursing decay). Once a child's diet includes anything besides breast-milk, erupted teeth are at risk for decay. The earlier the dental visit, the better chance of preventing dental problems. Children with healthy teeth chew food easily and smile with confidence. Start your child now on a lifetime of good dental habits.
What should I tell my child to prepare them for their dental visit?
Children look to their parents or caregivers about how to react to new situations. If a parent or caregiver is apprehensive about their child's first dental visit, the child will usually sense this. What you want to impart is that going to the dentist is a normal part of growing up. You can help make their first visit a positive and enjoyable one. It’s usually best not to “over prepare” them. Simply talk to your child briefly to let them know where they’re going in advance. Be sure to tell them that the dentist and staff are here to make sure they have a healthy, happy smile and that we’ll explain all procedures and answer any questions they have. Saying, "There's no need to be afraid" or "Nothing will hurt," in an attempt to comfort or prepare your child can plant the idea that there really may be something to be afraid of. We are experts at creating an environment that children are comfortable in and take great pride in educating them about what to expect. Thank you in advance for being a partner with us to give your child a great experience!