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A happy dental visit

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. Here is what you can do to ensure your child’s first visit is a success:

Your child’s first visit to the denist should be a fun, “get acquainted with us” 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 will avoid using them as well.

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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