Child's 1st Visit

According to AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) guidelines, infants should initially visit the pediatric dentist around the time of their first birthday.  First visits can be stressful for parents, especially for parents who have dental phobias themselves.

It is imperative for parents to continually communicate positive messages about dental visits (especially the first one), and to help the child feel as happy as possible about visiting the dentist.

What will happen during the first visit?

There are several goals for the first dental visit.  First, the dentist and the child need to get properly acquainted.  Second, the dentist needs to monitor tooth and jaw development to get an idea of the child’s overall health history.  Third, the dentist needs to evaluate the health of the existing teeth and gums.  Finally, the dentist aims to answer questions and advise parents on how to implement a good oral care regimen.

The following sequence of events is typical of an initial “well baby checkup”:

  1. Dental staff will greet the child and parents.
  2. The infant/family health history will be reviewed.  To fill out these forms in advance visit our patient forms area of our website.
  3. The dentist will address any questions and concerns.
  4. More questions will be asked, generally pertaining to the child’s oral habits, pacifier use, general development, tooth alignment, tooth development, and diet.
  5. We will provide advice on good oral care, how to prevent oral injury, fluoride intake, and sippy cup use.
  6. The infant’s teeth will be examined. Generally, the dentist and parent sit facing each other.  The infant is positioned so that his or her head is cradled in the dentist’s lap.  This position allows the infant to look at the parent during the examination.
  7. Good brushing and flossing demonstrations will be provided.
  8. The state of the child’s oral health will be described in detail, and specific recommendations will be made.  Recommendations usually relate to oral habits, appropriate toothpastes and toothbrushes for the child, orthodontically correct pacifiers, and diet.
  9. We will detail which teeth may appear in the following months.
  10. We will outline an appointment schedule and describe what will happen during the next appointment.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s first dental visit, please contact our office.


"The dentist can be scary, but when I take my daughter here, she is actually excited. The animal decor and child friendly environment make it more pleasant right from the parking lot. She actually plays in the waiting room area even after her appointment is over. She is three years old and her first appointment was right after she turned 3 and her first cleaning was at three and a half. She did great! She was definitely ready for the dentist. She went back all by herself for both appointments. She returned 15-20 minutes after her cleaning. The staff is fast at their jobs! Dr. Matt is awesome! So relatable, as he has small children as well. This was a very pleasant experience for my daughter and therefore, for me as well. We will be back routinely. All around the board, it was a great experience, from check in to check out! Definitely recommend!" - Jessica S | April 2019 




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