Your Childs First Dental Visit

Author: Dr. Alison V. Berger, DMD, FAGD

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month so it is only right that we are going to be covering some subjects related to our little ones.
“When should I bring my child to their first dental visit?”. This is a very common question we get asked and my answer almost always is, “when they begin to get their first few teeth”.  As you may already know, every child is different and so is their rate of growth and development. That is the reason for my answer above however, it is safe to say that as a general rule the first dental visit of your child should be when they turn one year of age. At this age, most children have an average of 4-6 teeth, but some may have a couple less, or more. Again, every child is unique and these are some of the things we evaluate at their visit.  Valuable information is shared at this first dental appointment  and a big portion of that first visit is focused on parent education for the care of their child’s teeth. We also do a “toothbrush cleaning”.  This way we introduce children on what to expect during a dental cleaning, while being gentle to their soft tissue, and quick, since we already know, most kids will be hesitant to the whole idea of a dental office.  At that young age, most children will cry, but I promise you, we are not doing anything that is hurting them.  It is just the fact that they do not like being in a reclined position and having a new person brushing their teeth.  This being said, while we brush, we also look at the tissue, and evaluate the integrity of their teeth and health of the gum tissue, tongue and cheeks.  We are looking forward to seeing you and your child for their first dental visit!