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First Visit

Baby at appointment - Pediatric Dentist in Ann Arbor and Chelsea, MI

When should my child first come to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children visit the dentist by the age 1, or within 6 months of their first tooth coming in (which ever comes first). Infant check-ups can help prevent many potential problems.

What should I expect at this first visit?

For the first visit, your child can sit on your lap and we will do a "knee-to-knee” exam. For the knee-to-knee exam your child will sit on your lap facing you with their legs around your waist and you can gently lay your child back into the dentists lap to for the check-up. This way you can comfort your child and help them feel more at ease.

The pediatric dentist will then examine your child’s teeth, check for decay and make sure the teeth are coming in the correct order. The dentist will also brush your child’s teeth with a soft toothbrush.

We will talk about how to best care for child’s teeth at home including tips and tricking for successful brushing, nutrition information and thumb/pacifier habits.

Book Recommendations for Going to the Dentist

  • Peppa Pig: Dentist Trip
  • Elmo Visits the Dentist
  • Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist (Dora the Explorer)
  • Just Going to the Dentist (Little Critter)
  • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist