Age 1 visit
According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, a child’s first dental checkup should occur by age one when a dental home is established for the child. The dental home is where we can provide the foundation for continuous, comprehensive and prevention-focused dental care for your child. Early dental visits help the development of healthy habits that will make future visits to the dentist far more pleasurable and allow us to build a lasting relationship with your child and your family.
At this important age 1 visit we will check the baby teeth for early cavities, show you how to care for a young child’s mouth properly, go over your child’s developmental milestones, and discuss the importance of good oral hygiene and diet, detrimental oral habits, tips to prevent oral injuries.
How to prepare for the big day?
The way kids seem to pick up on their parents’ feelings sometimes seems uncanny; so, if you’re nervous about going to the dentist yourself, try not to let it show. It’s best to tell your child what to expect beforehand, without making too big a fuss about it. Everything should sound fun, exciting, and easy for your little one. You could even build some excitement by reading a picture book of their favorite cartoon character going to the Dentist! It’s always a good idea to bring a comforting toy, a snack, and an extra diaper or two, just in case of fussiness. Our team is trained to work with children so that they feel comfortable and excited during their appointments. We strive for every child to leave with a smile on their face and prizes in their hand. Many habits are developed early in life. This is why it is so important to bring your little one in for their fun, but informative dental health visit by their first birthday. So when it’s time for your child’s first visit… don’t hesitate, we are here to make it a wonderful experience for your child!