Your Child's First Dental Visit

Photo of a young child sitting in dental chair.When should my child go to the dentist for the first time?

By starting dental visits around the age of one, or shortly after the primary teeth begin to erupt, you will help your child build a lifetime of good dental habits, and provide your dental professional with the opportunity to prevent oral health problems.

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What should I do to prepare my child for their first dental visit?

  • Have a positive attitude and set a good example.
  • Take your child along whenever you or a family member has a dental appointment.
  • Consider making a casual appointment for a friendly tour of the dental office with a “ride in the chair” and a visual check of your child’s mouth.
  • Schedule dental appointment for the morning when your child is rested and fed.
  • Talk to your oral professional about your child’s oral health.

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What should I NOT do when preparing my child for their first dental visit?

  • Do not wait for an emergency for the first visit.
  • Do not express any of your own fears or anxieties.
  • Do not over prepare your child or make the dental visit into a “special event”.
  • Do not use phrases like “It won’t hurt too much” or “It won’t be too bad”. Comments like these are not soothing and will only create anxiety.

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