The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends your child should see a pediatric dentist when the first tooth appears or no later than his/her first birthday.
Parents play a large role in preparing their child for their first dental visit. You can help to make their first trip to the dentist enjoyable by doing several things: using positive language when discussing your child’s first visit, role-playing with your child such as counting teeth together, or by reading books/watching videos about a trip to the dentist. Your child’s dental visit should be an important and fun adventure. If you are relaxed and positive about this experience, it will help your child be positive too.
During your child’s first visit, the dentist will perform an exam, review necessary x-rays, and make an assessment of your child’s oral condition. If it is discovered that any dental treatment needs to be done, a treatment plan and estimate will be prepared for you prior to beginning any procedures. You will have the chance to review the recommended treatment and ask questions.
Parents are welcome to accompany their children into the treatment area. Your aim as a parent and our pediatric dentists are the same – to keep your child’s teeth in good condition and to make the process of doing so a pleasant one for the child, parent, and dentist.
Referral from General Dentist
You do not need a referral to come to our office. However, if you were referred for treatment by your child’s general dentist, please bring your treatment referral slip and any current x-rays with you to your child’s first appointment with us. If you were not given a referral slip, please call our office so that we can contact your child’s general dentist for more information. At your child’s first referral appointment, the dentist will perform an exam and take x-rays (if needed) before discussing treatment options with you. Please note that treatment is not done during this first appointment.