When & What Is My Child’s First “Regular” Visit?
This visit should be quick, easy, and fun! If your child doesn’t love having their mouth looked at, that’s ok (and normal!) We’re highly trained in seeing infants and toddlers. Dr. Amber will efficiently and gently make sure your child has a healthy mouth and there are no concerns. We will distract, sing songs, and praise your child for allowing us to have a good look! The first “regular” dental visit should be no later than your child’s first birthday. We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
What Should I Tell My Child About Their First Dental Visit?
We are asked this question many times. We suggest you prepare your child the same way that you would before their first hair-cut or trip to the shoe store. This will not be the frightening experience you may remember from your youth. If you are nervous about the trip, then the less you say the better. You cannot hide your anxiety from a child (they have radar for these things). Try picking up a couple of fun “trip to the dentist” children’s books and reading them to your child before their first visit. Your child’s reaction to his first visit to the dentist may surprise you.