Prepare Your Child for a First Dental Visit with Helpful Information
Your Child’s First Dental Visit – Establishing a Dental Home
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Dental Association (ADA), and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all recommend establishing a dental home for your child by one year of age. Children who have a dental home are more likely to receive appropriate preventive and routine oral health care.
During your child’s first visit, you are encouraged to be with your child(ren). Thereafter, we request that all children accompany the staff through the dental experience without parent presence.
You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. For very young children, there are excellent children’s stories that describe a visit to the dentist. If old enough, your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and the staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as needle, pull, drill, or hurt. Pediatric dental offices make a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.
Based on their age, every child will be evaluated for the following:
- Proper oral hygiene
- Preventing decay
- Preventive – sealants and fluoride
- Dietary consultation
- Bruxism / mouth guards
- Habits – thumb sucking and pacifiers, piercings, tobacco
- Mouth guard