The First Visit

Preparing For Your Child's First Visit

According to AAPD (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry) guidelines, infants should initially visit the dentist around the time of their first birthday. First visits can be stressful for parents, especially for parents who have dental phobias themselves.

It is imperative for parents to continually communicate positive messages about dental visits (especially the first one), and to help the child feel as comfortable as possible about visiting the dentist.

What will happen during the first visit?

There are several goals for the first dental visit. First, Dr. Bryan and the patient need to get properly acquainted. Second, we need to assess tooth and jaw development to get an idea of the child’s overall health history. Third, Dr. Bryan will evaluate the health of the existing teeth and gums. Finally, we aim to answer any questions there may be and advise parents on how to implement a good oral care regimen.

The following sequence of events is typical of an initial “well baby check-up”:

  1. Our friendly team will greet the child and parents.
  2. The infant/family health history will be reviewed. To fill out these forms in advance, please visit our patient forms area of our website.
  3. Dr. Bryan will address any questions or concerns.
  4. More questions will be asked, generally pertaining to the child’s oral habits, pacifier use, general development, tooth alignment, tooth development, and diet.
  5. We will provide advice on good oral care, how to prevent oral injury, fluoride intake, and sippy cup use.
  6. The infant’s teeth will be examined. Generally, the dentist and parent sit facing each other. The infant is positioned in between allowing the infant to look at the parent during the examination.
  7. Good brushing and flossing demonstrations will be provided.
  8. The state of the child’s oral health will be described in detail, and specific recommendations will be made. Recommendations usually relate to oral habits, appropriate toothpastes and toothbrushes for the child, orthodontically correct pacifiers, and diet.
  9. We will detail which teeth may appear in the following months.
  10. We will outline an appointment schedule and describe what will happen during the next appointment.

If you have questions or concerns about your child’s first dental visit, please contact our office.