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Your 1st Visit

Your First Visit

Indira's First Visit

When should my child first go to the dentist?

  • First birthday – first dental check up.  The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend a first visit around the first birthday.
  • This early appointment is very important. Many problems that might otherwise arise can be prevented by this early visit.

What to expect at the first dental visit

  • We will examine your child’s teeth, check for decay, make sure that teeth are coming in the right order, check for proper jaw development.
  • We will invite you to stay during your child’s first examination.
  • Please do not be surprised if your child cries. Children are often afraid of new experiences and crying is a normal reaction to that fear.
  • We will talk about home care and share recommendations for maintaining excellent oral health.
  • We will also discuss nutrition information and thumb and pacifier habits.

Tips for a successful first visit

  • Practice counting teeth and opening wide.
  • Do NOT use fear provoking words.
  • Expect your child to react well and enjoy your first visit to our office.
  • Set a good example by brushing your own teeth twice a day, flossing, eating a balanced diet and visiting the dentist regularly.

Forms to Fill for Your First Visit

Book recommendations

  • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
  • Show Me Your Smile:  A Visit to the Dentist (Dora the Explorer)
  • Just Going to the Dentist (Little Critter)