First Dental Visit by First Birthday - Download PDF

The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend the first dental visit by age 1

What should parents expect at the first dental visit?

  • A thorough examination
  • Practical tips on how to care for your child’s teeth
  • A discussion about oral habits, including finger, thumb and pacifier sucking
  • An assessment of how likely your child is to develop cavities
  • Advice on teething and healthy feeding practices
  • Recommendations on the correct amount of systemic and topical fluoride
  • Tips to prevent oral and facial trauma

Healthy teeth and gums are essential for a healthy body.  You can help your child enjoy a lifetime of good oral health with proper care at home, a balanced diet and regular dental visits. 

How can I prepare for my child’s first dental visit?

  • Before the dental visit, emphasize the positive and fun aspects of the visit
  • Tell your child that the dentist is a friendly doctor who takes care of teeth
  • Schedule a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and cooperative
  • Do not tell your child scary stories about your own dental visits
  • Do not relay any anxiety that you might feel about dental visits
  • Never use the dental visit as a punishment or threat
  • Try to make your child’s dental visit an enjoyable and special outing

 

 

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