The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry encourages the first dental visit at the time the first tooth erupts, no later than age one.
The first dental visit can be an exciting (and sometimes stressful) time for parents and their child. If you have questions or concerns about you child’s first dental visit, please contact us and we are happy to guide you through the process.
The first dental visit can be an exciting (and sometimes stressful) time for parents and their child. If you have questions or concerns about you child's first dental visit, please contact us, we are here to help.
Question: Am I allowed to go back with my child?
Question: What happens if my child has cavities?
Answer: We offer a variety of treatment options for your child. We will discuss each option thoroughly and work together to determine which is the best option for your child.
Question: Is my child going to cry?
Answer: Every child reacts differently to new environments. Be assured that crying is a common, natural reaction in new situations. Our goal is for you and your child to have as comfortable a dental experience as possible.
Question: What can I do at home to prepare my child for the first dental visit?
- Practice at home. Have your child lay back on the floor or in your lap. Teach your child to "open" his/her mouth. Practice brushing your child's teeth while laying back. (Hint - Dr. Adair uses this technique regularly when brushing her own children's teeth!)
- Bring your child in a couple days before the appointment just to say "hi" and meet our team.
- Read a story about going to the dentist.
- Avoid using the "H" or "P" words (Hurt, Painful). Even if you say "It won't hurt" it can imply that it might hurt.
- Sometimes children will cry regardless. Stay calm and let our team guide you and your child through the appointment.