The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit a pediatric dentist to receive an initial dental exam within six months of their first tooth erupting and/or around 1 year of age. These first visits to the dentist are designed to establish a dental home and help your child begin developing positive associations with visiting the dentist.

A typical pediatric dental appointment will include the following:

You can help your child feel more comfortable and happier in the dental office by being positive and calm. You can encourage your child to develop positive associations with visiting the dentist by avoiding threatening language and providing positive explanations about what will happen during the appointment.

If you have any questions about your child’s first dental appointment, please feel free to contact our office.