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First Dental Visit

Your Child’s First Visit

The most common question we have regarding children is about what age they should start going to the dentist. We follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry on when a child should first see a dentist. You should bring your child to see us when the first tooth comes through the gums or no later than their first birthday.

During the first dental visit, we will get to know your child and get him/her acquainted with the dental office. We also will evaluate the child’s dental health, as well as offer tips in good dental care for your child. Our goal is to have our youngest patients feel comfortable and happy about visiting the dentist!

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What To Expect

For your child’s first visit to our office, we like to do a comprehensive examination. This includes looking at your child’s teeth along with the supporting structures of the gums. We will also address your child’s oral hygiene, as well as clean your child’s teeth. We will look at your child’s bite and will only take X-rays if necessary. This is the optimal time to ask questions about your child’s mouth and teeth.

Preparing For Your Child’s First Visit

Going to the dentist should be positive, and creating a memorable experience begins at home. Start by discussing the upcoming visit with your child to ease their mind. Make sure to let them know the dentist and team will explain each procedure and answer your child’s questions.

  • Schedule a morning appointment for younger children since they are more alert in the morning time. 
  • Visit other pages on our website with your child to help familiarize them with our office and dentists.
  • Refrain from using any  words that could scare them such as shot and drill. 

We are here to answer any questions or concerns you might have. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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Early Childhood Caries (ECC)

Also known as nursing bottle caries and baby bottle tooth decay. ECC is defined as one or more dentally decaying teeth, teeth lost due to decay, or teeth that have been filled in a child under 6 years of age. 

To prevent ECC the best practice:

  • Establish a dental home within six month of eruption of the first tooth 
  • Parents to brush their child’s teeth twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste (smear or rice-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste for children under 3 years of age).   A pea-sized amount of fluoridated toothpaste for children 3 to 6 years of age. 
  • Get dental check-ups at least twice a year
  • Limit or eliminate watered-down juice and any other sugary drinks (especially in a bottle or no-spill cup)
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