A Child’s First Dentist Visit
Along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, we recommend that a child’s first dental visit be scheduled by his/her 1st birthday. It is very important to make the first visit as positive and enjoyable for the child as possible. A pleasant, comfortable first visit builds trust and helps put the child at ease during future dental visits. Let the child know that the doctor and staff will explain everything in detail and will answer any questions he/she has. We are experienced in dealing with children with anxiety and can explain treatment procedures in a positive and pleasant manner to avoid any anxious or negative feelings toward dentistry.
To prepare your child for the first checkup, don’t say, “It won’t hurt” Avoid using words like “needle” or “drill.” This will just scare them. Instead, prior to their appointment, play dentist at home. Read a book about going to the dentist, and let the dentist’s office staff know what their favorite characters are. Also, please let our office know in advance if there are any special needs your child may have or if there are any specific concerns you may have about your child’s teeth.