When should I schedule my child’s first visit to the dentist?
Our team recommends that you schedule an appointment for your child as soon as your baby’s first tooth develops. If your child does not have teeth by their first birthday, you should also schedule an appointment. By doing this, you can protect your child’s teeth early on with regular dental checkups.
How is a pediatric dentist different from other dentists?
A pediatric dentist must complete additional education necessary to provide care to children. Pediatric dentists undergo two to three years of specialty training to treat infants and children through adolescence, including those with special health needs.
What happens during my child’s first visit to the dentist?
At your child’s first visit, you should expect to:
- Review your child’s history
- Respond to questions and concerns
- Bring any questions you would like answered
- Have your child’s mouth examined and cleaned
We will talk with you and your child about the following
- Tooth development
- Oral habits such as sucking thumbs
- Factors that affect the risk of tooth decay
- Your child’s likelihood of having cavities or bite problems
- Follow-up at home care
How can I prepare my child for its first dental appointment?
Talk to your child about the importance of the dentist and how great it is without using negative words. Speak with them about what they may experience and lead by example. If your child sees you regularly visiting the dentist, they will be more likely to want to visit.
How often should my child visit the dentist?
Your child should visit the dentist every 6 months for a routine checkup and cleaning. If your child is experiencing any other oral health issues, we suggest you bring him or her in more frequently.