Your child’s first dental visit is an important one and should be within 6 months of the first tooth’s eruption or no later than one year of age, whichever occurs first.
We are looking forward to meeting your family. Your visit is an opportunity for all of us to become acquainted so we can develop a positive relationship of trust and confidence that will last a lifetime. Please see our advice on how to best prepare your child for their first visit.

What to Expect

A child’s first dental visit should be scheduled around his/her first birthday. The most important part of the visit is getting to know and becoming comfortable with the dentist and staff. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. If possible, we allow the child to sit in a parent’s lap in the exam room.

If there are no major or emergency problems to immediately care for (i.e. if your child does not have pain), their first visit will include an examination of the mouth, teeth and gums. The dentist will examine your child’s mouth to detect decay and assess tooth development. Depending on your child’s cooperation, a few x-rays may be taken to help detect dental decay.

We will make sure your child has learned healthy brushing habits, and we will help teach them—and you—the best ways to keep their mouth and teeth clean and healthy. We may also ask you about your child’s medical history, and will do our best to answer any questions you have.

How to Prepare YOUR CHILD

We recommend explaining to your child that the dentist is a friend who wants to help him or her take care of their teeth. Let them know that the dentist will count their teeth, clean them with a special, funny toothbrush and will take some pictures of their teeth.

Always use positive words when describing their upcoming visit and avoid words that may make them nervous or anxious, such as “shot,” “hurt,” “pull,” or “pain.”

If you expect that your child will need sedation during their visit, please do not allow them to eat or drink for 6 to 8 hours prior to their appointment.