Your Child’s First Dental Visit: Everything You Need to Know
As parents, we do everything in our power to make sure our children are happy and healthy. However, the things we do to make sure our children stay healthy - like bath time, immunizations, and eating vegetables - are things that tend to make children unhappy. As a leading pediatric dentist, Rosslyn Farms Dental Aesthetics knows how important it is to teach children the habits that keep them healthy and happy for years to come. That’s why we’re here to help prepare parents for their child’s first dental appointment as well as tips for managing dental visits for young children as a whole. Using these tips, we hope to make a pediatric dentist visit a smooth, enjoyable experience for you and your child.
When should my child go to the pediatric dentist?
Planning Your First Visit with Leading Pediatric Dentist, Rosslyn Farms Dental
A recent study found that 62% of parents who had not yet taken their children to the dentist cite ‘the child being too young’ as the reason. However, this judgment is frequently drawn because many parents don’t realize that a child’s first trip to a pediatric dentist should be around the time the first tooth pops up -- and no later than 12 months of age. This is important because oral health problems can be assessed early to ensure that your child is ready to form healthy, lifelong habits.
Your child’s first appointment will typically last 30-45 minutes and will feel a little more like a meet and greet with the dentist (if your child’s first appointment is at the right age). If your child has enough teeth for cleaning or x-rays are needed, this could take a little longer. To ensure that your child is ready to tackle this sometimes nerve-wracking first appointment, we recommend scheduling a morning appointment when your child is feeling alert and fresh.
Read more about your child's first visit at our sister practice Rosslyn Farms Dental Aesthetics.
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Want to tackle your child’s first appointment with a pediatric dentist with confidence? Get in touch with Rosslyn Farms Dental Aesthetics today to schedule an appointment for anyone in the family.