First Dental Visit for Your Child

First Dental Visit for Your Child

firstdentalvisitYour child’s first visit to the dentist should be around his/her first birthday, but could be as early as you’d like (as soon as the first tooth erupts or even sooner). Here are some Dos and Don’ts.

Do:

  • Have a tour of your dentist office by coming in for a casual, friendly, get acquainted visit and checkup.
  • Make an appointment for a visual check of your child’s teeth.
  • Have a discussion with your dentist about oral health care for your child.
  • Familiarize your child with the dental office. Consider taking them along when you or a sibling has a dental appointment.

Don’t:

  • Wait for an emergency for the first visit.
  • Over prepare your children for dental visits.
  • Use phrases like “It won’t hurt much” or “It won’t be too bad.” Such phrases do not soothe; they only create anxiety.