What You Should Know About Your Child’s First Dental Visit

What You Should Know About Your Child’s First Dental Visit

Is it time for your child’s first dental visit? How do you know? What can you do to prepare your child for his or her first trip to the pediatric dentist? These are just some of the questions we want to answer for you to help calm any concerns you may have about your child’s first dental visit.

When Should You Child’s First Dental Visit Be?

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all agree that the first dental visit for a child should occur when your baby’s first tooth erupts or by his or her first birthday at the latest. This helps you to establish a pediatric dental home for your baby, allows you to meet with the pediatric dentist, and gets your child started on the path to good oral healthcare.

How Can You Help Your Child to Prepare for the First Trip to the Pediatric Dentist?

The number one thing is to be positive. Get your little one excited about the first trip to the dentist. Teach your son or daughter that going to the dentist is for getting their teeth cleaned. Avoid negative words like drill, needle, or pain. These can cause even little children to become anxious about going to the dentist, and that anxiety can continue throughout life.

What the First Dental Visit Is Like at BRSH+FLSS

At BRSH+FLSS Pediatric Dentistry, you can expect an enjoyable atmosphere for kids of all ages. We have a play area with stuffed animals for little ones. Older kids can enjoy the iPad station, books, and TV. And kids of any age will love to interact with our rainbow finches. We even have a beverage area for parents, so you can grab a cup of coffee while you wait. Our friendly staff and board-certified pediatric dentists are looking forward to meeting you and your children. Give us a call at 619-741-1500 to schedule an appointment.