As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, it’s time to schedule a dental visit. The American Dental Association recommends that the first dental visit take place within six months after the first tooth appears, but no later than a child’s first birthday.

The purpose of your baby’s first visit is primarily to examine your child’s mouth and to check development. However, this visit is also intended to make your child comfortable with the idea of visiting the dentist.

Expect Dr. Kristi to:

  • Inspect for oral injuries, cavities or other problems.
  • Let you know if your child is at risk of developing tooth decay.
  • Clean your child’s teeth and provide tips for daily care.
  • Discuss teething, pacifier use, or thumbsucking habits.
  • Discuss treatment, if needed, and schedule the next check-up.

To make the first visit a positive experience:

  • Try to schedule a morning appointment. Children are often more rested and cooperative in the morning.
  • Emphasize the positive aspects of the visit. It is meant to help. Keep any anxieties you might have to yourself; your child can be affected by your concerns.
  • Explain how visiting the dentist and paying attention to proper dental care helps overall health and appearance.
  • Never use a dental visit as punishment or as a threat, and never bribe your child with skipping a dental exam.