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Their First Dental Visit

Their First Dental Visit

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

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As recommended by The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association, a visit to the dentist should be scheduled by the child’s first birthday. Dental problems can be easily detected at this young age, treated, and even avoided completely. Furthermore, it can also help to establish a positive relationship between your child and the dentist. We will be happy to see your infant soon if you have any concerns about the erupting teeth or a tight frenum.

Preparing Your Child to See the Dentist

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Start by telling your child that the dentist is friendly and prepared to help them take care of their teeth. Make sure to discuss the visit in an overall positive light, just like you would for any other new experience. The last thing you should do is make them feel that you have any anxiety about going to the dentist. Never use a dental visit as a way to punish or threaten them. Dental visits should be a fun and delightful adventure for any young child.

Make sure to complete your paperwork online prior to the appointment. This ensures that we have all the information we need to do a complete and thorough exam.

We recommend that young children and those that are anxious be seen for morning appointments when they are well rested.

Scheduling Regular Dental Visits

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In most cases, we recommend periodic recall appointments twice a year. These include an examination, preventive dental education, a cleaning and fluoride therapy. However, the frequency of these visits can depend on your child’s eating habits; how clean their teeth are kept, and if they have a history of tooth decay.


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