Many of our patients are parents, and as a result, one of the most frequently asked questions is when should they start bringing their children to the office for dental visits. The recommendation by The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is that the first dental visit for a child should be six months after the eruption of his or her very first tooth, or at one year of age, whichever happens to come first. These appointments are not only important to evaluate the child’s oral condition, but more importantly to educate new parents about hygiene habits for children.
Our office is very happy to start seeing children at a young age so that we may set the foundation for a healthy and comfortable relationship with the dentist. In fact, most of our staff are parents themselves and always welcome our patient’s little ones into our practice! Until your child is ready to have his or her own dedicated appointment time with one of our providers, he or she is welcome and encouraged to watch Mom and/or Dad sit in the chair during their own dental visits. Being able to witness this appointment is a wonderful modeling event, and can lead to an even smoother transition into the dental chair!
If you have any questions about your child’s first visit, or if you plan to bring your child to your next one and would like to let us know ahead of time, please feel free to contact our office.