When should you first take your child to the dentist?
We recommend your child’s first visit take place within six months of that first tooth eruption or by their first birthday. This is also the recommendation set by the American Dental Association.
Your child’s first visit to the dentist is friendly and nonthreatening. Our primary goals are to get your child accustomed to the dentist and keep him or her from ever getting a cavity. If your child is anxious, you may even sit in the dental chair with your child on your lap.
Dr. Christina will conduct a short examination, checking for signs of decay, problems with bite, and health of the gums. She will also talk to you about good oral hygiene practices to follow at home, whether a fluoride treatment is recommended, and developmental milestones. If your child is a thumb-sucker or tongue-thruster, she will help you with strategies for stopping these behaviors. Because she believes so strongly in the connection between proper eating and good oral health, Dr. Christina will also offer advice on proper nutrition.
Taking children to the dentist at an early age sets them up for a lifetime of visiting the dentist regularly. We do everything we can to make sure their experience at the dentist is as pleasant as possible!