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First Dental Visit

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Your Child’s First Visit

The most common question we have regarding children is what age they should start going to the dentist. We follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry on when a child should first see a dentist. You should bring your child to see us when the first tooth comes through the gums or no later than their first birthday.

Even if your child is older and well into school-age years, it’s never too late to begin your dental journey with us.

What To Expect

During the first dental visit, we will get to know your child and get them acquainted with the dental office. We will perform a comprehensive exam that includes your child’s teeth, gums, and development. We will only take x-rays if necessary (this usually occurs after the age of 3). We will clean your child’s teeth and provide tips on proper oral hygiene and healthy habits. 

Preparing For Your Child’s First Visit

Going to the dentist should be fun and positive! Creating a memorable experience begins at home. Start by discussing the upcoming visit with your child to ease their mind. Let them know the dentist and team will explain each procedure and answer your child’s questions.

We are very committed to giving your child the best experience possible. Please support us in our efforts by speaking positively about the dentist. When talking about the dental office, avoid mentioning pain or discomfort in any way. It can be easy to say something like, “Don’t worry sweetie, it won’t hurt a bit!” While this sentence has great intentions, by mentioning they shouldn’t worry, it implies that there is something to potentially worry about.

Please avoid using words like needle, drill, shot, pull, poke, or any other words suggesting unpleasantness. Our staff is specifically trained to guide your child through dental visits to give them the best experience possible through techniques and language they can understand.

We believe in a “tell and show” approach, where we educate your child on everything we are doing before we begin. This helps them feel more comfortable with what is happening rather than getting surprised.

Our goal is to have our patients feel comfortable and happy visiting the dentist!

Dr. Erica and patient