First Dental Visit – “Happy Visit”

The first “regular” dental visit should be just after your child’s 1st birthday.  The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment.  We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. 

What should I tell my child about the first dental visit?

We suggest you prepare your child the same way you would before their first haircut or trip to the shoe store.  Your child’s reaction to their first visit to the dentist may surprise you!

Some “First visit” Tips:

  • Take your child for a “preview” of the office
  • Read books with them about going to the dentist
  • Review with them what the dentist will be doing at the time of the first visit
  • Speak positively about your own dental experiences

the first visit typically includes:

  • Introducing your child to the dental instruments in a playful and fun way
  • Examine your child’s mouth, teeth and gums
  • Evaluate adhesive habits like thumb sucking
  • Fluoride treatment and/or x-rays for older children
  • Teach you about cleaning your child’s teeth and gums
  • Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits

It is typical for most children to smile, even laugh and have a “happy visit”.  Parents are encouraged to bring and ask questions.  Each child is treated personally and brought into the experience with the dentist in an individualized way.