The AAPD, or American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, suggests that children visit a dental professional to receive an exam and assessment within six months of their first visible tooth. These primary dental visits are important and created so that you establish a dental home for your child and they begin to develop positive associations with the dentist.
A normal pediatric dental appointment will include:
- Greeting your child as they are introduced to the dental team
- A Review of health history of family and infant for important background
- Questions about oral health, pacifier use, diet, and similar topics
- Performing a gentle and careful examination if the child’s teeth and gums, during this we will note any incoming teeth
- Addressing any questions or concerns you or your child has
Children often look to their parents for reassurance and how to act. This is especially evident during dental visits. As long as you keep calm and positive, your child will as well. As we continue to meet with you and your child we encourage you to make positive associations with the dentist by avoiding negative language.
If you have any questions about your child’s first dental appointment, please don’t wait to contact us today!