At what age should children first visit the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Dental Association, and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry all recommend that children visit a dentist by age one. The term “dental home” is used to describe the ongoing relationship between the dentist and patient. The most important reason for establishing a dental home for a child by age one is to begin a thorough prevention program.
What happens during the first visit?
At our office, first-time oral health visits are primarily used to assess the child’s risk for dental disease, begin a dental prevention program, and determine the most appropriate dental appointment schedule for the little patient. Our pediatric dentists will:
- Review your son or daughter’s medical and dental history
- Evaluate oral hygiene
- Examine the child’s mouth
- Review your little one’s medical and dental history
- Explain age-appropriate oral hygiene techniques
- Recommend a preventive protocol based on the patient’s risk of developing cavities
- Answer questions and address specific concerns
Drs. Elise and David Burrus and the staff at Pediatric Dental Associates love to talk with patients and families in order to build a trusting and lasting relationship in the dental home!
How should I prepare my child for the first dental visit?
Children may be apprehensive about visiting the dentist. The doctors at Pediatric Dental Associates are experienced pediatric dentists and specialize in interacting with children. They will explain procedures in a pleasant and non-frightening manner. Parents can help make the first dental visit enjoyable and positive by avoiding words such as “needle,” “shot,” or “drill.”