Children should first visit the dentist around their first birthday, or when teeth begin erupting. Whenever teeth are present, there is a possibility for cavities to develop, so it’s important to establish healthy habits early to promote healthy teeth and gums now and in the future.
Anxiety about visiting the dentist is normal, and parents should answer any questions their child may have, but avoid using words that make visiting the dentist sound like a scary, painful experience. Try not to make a big deal out of going to the dentist to reduce the anticipation and anxiety associated with a big event. After your child’s first visit and subsequent visits, visiting the dentist should become less scary and more routine.
Parents are welcome to accompany their child throughout their exam and can ask any questions they may have about their child’s oral health. It is not unusual for both parents and children to have anxiety about the first visit, and we want to ensure that you are comfortable and feel welcome in our office. Feel free to make a list of questions you have about your child’s oral health to ask during the appointment.
Our staff is here to serve you, and we are willing to answer any questions you may have. You are welcome to call our office prior to your child’s appointment with any questions, or after with any follow-up questions you may have.