Preparing for first visit

When should I schedule my child’s first visit to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children be seen by six months or after their first tooth erupts, or at one year of age, whichever comes first. Earlier the child is introduced to the dentist, the less anxiety and better oral health outcomes are possible as they grow.

What happens during my child’s first visit to the dentist?

A typical first visit at New Smiles Kids Dentistry involves, the child and dentist getting to know each other. Dentist will check child’s teeth, clean if necessary. Dentist will look for health of teeth, gums, age based tooth growth, placement, overall oral health. We may even take pictures with an intra-oral camera. Dentist will speak to parents about cleaning schedules, oral hygiene practices, tips and answer any questions. Establishing a rapport between dentist and child goes a long way in keeping and maintaining oral health.