When should I schedule my child's first dental office visit?
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, your child should have their first dental appointment before their first birthday. By this time, you can expect to have a few erupted teeth. Unfortunately, as soon as teeth emerge from the gums, they are susceptible to decay. A “meet and greet” type of appointment will allow us to help your child grow accustomed to the dental office atmosphere. If your little one cooperates, we will perform an exam and a polish. This will give our dentists an opportunity to make sure that everything is on track with their development and that no potential conditions exist.
Getting your little one started out at the dentist at a young age is the best way to create a good foundation in oral health. By starting early, we can help them have an active role in their health, help them feel relaxed at the dental office, and also provide them with the best care right from the start, when it's so important!
As your little one grows, we can incorporate additional preventive treatments such as fluoride, sealants, and diagnostic x-rays so that he or she can avoid many common dental conditions and focus on learning and fun instead of cavities!