All children should have their first dental exam by their first birthday as recommended by The American Academy of Pediatrics, The American Dental Association, and The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.
Our team loves helping kids have a good first impression of the dentist! We also have some tips for helping your child feel ready and comfortable before they come see us:
We encourage parents to prepare children for visits by talking about it at home. Stick to positive words to describe the process like "healthy", "shiny" and "strong" (stay away from words like "shot", "hurts", "drill"). If your child has apprehensions or negative past experiences, please let our staff know before the appointment so we can be sure to be extra helpful.
If parents or other family members have anxiety around dentistry, try to avoid discussing that with or in front of your kids. Try to keep it light and fun. Pediatric dentistry has come a long way in the last few decades and our goal is to provide great care in a fun, safe environment, so your kids enjoy coming back!
Read books about teeth and going to the dentist before coming in!