We support the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry’s recommendation to schedule a child’s first dental visit by his or her first birthday. Our doctors and staff focus on making the first visit as positive and comfortable as possible, in order to build trust and put the child at ease for future visits. We’ll explain everything in detail, answer any questions, and encourage your child to discuss any fears or anxiety.
We suggest that parents not make a big deal out of the visit, and avoid using words that could cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle” or “drill.” We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety, and can explain treatment procedures in a positive, pleasant manner to avoid negative feelings toward dentistry.
We will record the child’s dental and medical history, complete a comprehensive examination, and discuss any findings with you.
A note on care before the first birthday: Baby teeth usually begin to erupt around six months of age, but generally do not require dentistry. To provide immediate relief from any discomfort, try rubbing sore gums with cool items, or providing wet cloths and frozen teething rings to chew. If pain persists, please don’t hesitate to call us for an appointment. You may be relieved to know that baby teeth usually finish erupting around age 3.