The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children have their first dental visit shortly after the eruption of their first tooth — for many patients that can be as young as 6 months old. With some planning, you can ensure your child’s first visit is a success.
Call your local pediatric dentist to schedule your child’s first dental visit to establish a “dental home.” The first visit should be a fun, get-acquainted visit, giving your family a chance to become familiar with the office, staff and doctor. This simple step is important to a happy and healthy dental future.
Talk to your child about the dentist and answer their questions in an age-appropriate, fun way. Avoid using words like “pain,” “hurt,” and “shot,” and we’ll avoid using them too!
Finally, once you are at your first appointment, let the dentist take center stage. Pediatric dentists are pros when it comes to relating to and connecting with children, and making them comfortable in a new (sometimes scary) environment.
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