Child's First Visit to the Dentist – A Happy Visit
How old should my child be for their first visit?
Fear is a result of the unknown and we want your child to feel as comfortable and confident as possible about their dental check ups. We recommend bringing your child in for a "happy visit" as early as three. A few minutes in our chair every 6-12 months can lead to positively good habits for life!
What to expect on the first visit
Your child's first visit will last about one hour. We will clean your child's teeth and possibly take any necessary dental x-rays ( link to low dose x-rays). We will also do a full examination of your child's teeth to assess his or her oral health. We like you to be in the exam room for the first visit in order to participate in the assessment and planning of your child's dental care. In future visits, after trust and confidence have been established, we have found that if the parents remain in the reception area, it allows your child to start developing positive dental experiences on his or her own. It is important for you to know that we emphasize a gentle approach to treatment. We do not use restraint. Should our methods of behavior management fail to produce the desired level of comfort, we may need to refer the child to a pediatric specialist.
Above all else!
Please allow your child to have a positive experience with us and share it with you. Do not share your prior dental experiences with your child. Perspective is everything!