When & What Is My Child’s First “Regular” Visit?
We follow the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Guidelines, which recommends the first “regular” dental visit should be no later than your child’s first birthday. This is a fun, interactive visit. We recommend reading fun books with your child about coming to the dentist prior to their first visit. Some that we recommend are:
The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist by Stan & Jan Berenstain
The Crocodile & The Dentist by Taro Gomi
Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist by Christine Ricci
What to Expect When You Go to the Dentist by Heidi Murkoff
Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer
We tell your child everything we’re going to do in terms that they will understand. For example, we may “take pictures of their teeth” with x-rays and the doctor will “count their teeth” during the examination of their teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums. We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to properly clean and care for your child’s teeth.