According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry our little ones should experience their first visit to the dentist by their first birthday. We see many little ones when they first get their teeth for an exam or just a ride in the chair with Mom or Dad. We start treating children more typically around two and a half to three years old.
It is most important for children to have a good experience at the dentist. Fun, pleasant visits to the dental office instill confidence and trust in your child they won't forget. Our goal is to welcome children, help them feel comfortable at our office and teach them how to care for their teeth so that they can maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime.
Many of us as adults have experienced less than pleasant experiences at the dentist. Guess what: Times have changed! It doesn't have to be a horrible experience anymore. In fact children tend to be our best patients! They haven't had any of our past experiences. This is why we recommend that parents think positive and avoid sharing negative experiences or anxiety with their children when discussing the dentist.
You can tell your child that you will be with them throughout their first visit which consists of a comprehensive exam, teeth cleaning, digital x-rays and a fluoride treatment. If very young children have trouble with any part of the visit we'll postpone that part. We will almost always accomplish an exam because it is important that your child leaves feeling successful.
Sometimes children need a little more attention than our family practice can provide. If we cannot make your child comfortable or they need extensive work that might require sedation, we will provide you with a referral to a pediatric dental practice that will provide excellent care to your child.