The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that your child should visit the dentist by his or her 1st birthday. This first visit establishes your child's dental home thus providing a foundation for a lifetime of oral health and preventive dental care. We are committed to promoting a positive attitude toward dentistry for you and your child.
Age 1 Visit
The infant oral health exam at age one provides valuable information about caring for your baby's teeth. This first visit will include a medical and dental history, thorough oral examination, age-appropriate toothbrushing demonstration, prophylaxis (cleaning), and fluoride varnish treatment as indicated. In addition, the doctor will assess the infant's risk of developing cavities and determine a prevention plan and interval for recare. As part of the visit, we will provide anticipatory guidance regarding dental and oral development, fluoride status, oral habits (pacifier, thumb, etc), teething, injury prevention, brushing and flossing instruction, and the role of diet (bottle, sippy cups) in keeping teeth healthy.
Older children will also have an enjoyable first visit. We will provide a "Tell Show Do" technique to allow your child to learn about, see, touch, and understand every object that he or she will be exposed during this visit. Our team uses age appropriate language to help your child grasp dental concepts. At this visit your child will have an oral exam, prophylaxis (cleaning), fluoride varnish treatment, and dental radiographs (pictures) as indicated This early dental visit will focus on your child's unique needs and individualized counseling and discussion will be an integral component of this visit. Topics to be discussed include: brushing, flossing, diet and nutrition, injury prevention, oral habits, and speech/language development.
There are a number of things you, as a parent, can do to help create positive dental experiences:
- Let your child know the dentist is a friend and is there to help your child take care of his/her teeth.
- Explain that during the visit the dentist will "brush" and "count" your child's teeth.
- Please refrain from using words that may cause unnecessary fear or anxiety. The following words are avoided in our office: "shot," "needle," "pull," "drill," and "hurt."
For more details about the first dental visit, please download (click to download) the following forms:
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What To Expect
Being well-prepared for your appointment will ensure that the doctor has all of the needed information to provide the best possible care for your child. It also will help relieve any unnecessary anxiety you may be feeling. Educate yourself on your dental issues by reviewing the content on this Web site. Also, take some time to review our team page and familiarize yourself with the doctors. We look forward to your child's first visit.