Your child's first dental experience should be a positive, stress-free one! The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a dental exam within six months of the eruption of the first tooth and no later than the child's first birthday. At this checkup we can evaluate the oral cavity for tooth decay or other problems, and demonstrate how to properly care for your child's teeth.
When your child is ready for their first dental appointment, we will perform a thorough oral exam, review the health history and address any concerns you may have. Morning appointments, when you child is fully rested, are usually better for their first dental visit. We want this to be a positive experience for you and your child.
We ask that you do not use any words that might create fear in your child (hurt, drill, shot, needle) and stay calm and relaxed, as any anxiety on your part will be sensed by your child. Let your child know that we will "count" their teeth and maybe even "take a picture" of their teeth.