“First Tooth or First Birthday:” The American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry agree that the first dental examination for a child should occur by their first birthday. Early diagnosis and treatment (if necessary) can prevent more serious problems later. We want your child to graduate from our practice with a healthy mouth and a positive attitude toward dental care.
A healthy mouth is free from decay, gum disease, and improper bite. The prevention of dental disease is a team effort, so don’t be surprised if we ask for your help at our office. We welcome parents to stay with their child for most appointments. Before the first visit, please discuss the positive aspects of dentistry with your child. Convey good feelings to your child about dental visits. They are a part of growing up!
Explain that the dentist will look at and count his or her teeth. Emphasize that the dentist will be gentle and friendly. Please do not tell your child that the dentist will not hurt; that thought may have never entered their mind. Avoid using words like needle, drill, shot, pull, or any other word suggesting unpleasantness. Expect your child to do well and enjoy the first visit to our office; chances are, they will.