How Early Does My Child Start Visiting the Dentist?

Team Blog Post

Parents are in a difficult situation, especially with their first child when everything is so new and they’re unsure about what to do. You’re going to encounter a number of “first times,” and deciding when to officially take your child for their first trip to the dentist is just another one of these moments. Is it a matter of when the child gets their first few teeth? Should they wait until there is some kind of emergency? According to both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the first trip to a dentist should occur when the first tooth erupts and no later than age two. Most people that a visit to the dentist is designed to do some work, but it’s not. The first visit is just a bit of a checkup and is designed to accomplish three things. These include the following: · Familiarization: Your child should meet their dentist and the staff and get to be more familiar around them so future trips aren’t very difficult. This builds trust and associates the dentist’s office in a non-threatening manner. · Understanding: There are going to be a lot of different things mentioned during the first trip to the dentist, but more for the parents, understanding the terminology and language can be important. · Checkup: The quick first trip can be used to allow the professional to look for any potential problems such as decay and explain what to look for as a parent. Meeting with our team at Adelberg Montalvan Pediatric Dental for the very first time can be difficult for children. We understand this. However, we do everything can to ensure they—and you—feel the utmost comfort when in our office. Your child’s oral health is our number one priority and will be treated as such.
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