Age One Visit
Because cavities know no age boundaries, we recommend that your child’s first dental visit happen around their first birthday or soon after the first tooth erupts. Both the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recognize early childhood cavities as a health problem affecting a significant number of children and recommend that a child see a dentist at one year of age or six months after the first tooth comes in.
What happens at the first visit?
At your child’s first visit, you are able to comfortably ask us questions and gather all the information you need about how to care for your child’s teeth, how to prevent cavities, teething, oral habits, and the role of diet and hygiene in cavity development. The examination allows for our pediatric dentists to evaluate your child’s medical history, dental development, and identify potential problems at an early stage. Most importantly, an age-one visit allows your child to be introduced to dental care in a personalized and gentle way. This helps your child feel comfortable and helps the visit become a successful experience.
In the comfort of mommy or daddy’s lap
Many times, the very young patient can be slow to warm up to the idea of being in the dental environment. We may ask that your child remain in your lap during the examination and while additional care and conversation takes place. When the examination is complete, it’s time for your child to pick a prize!