First Dental Visit by First Birthday – Download PDF
The American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Dental Association recommend the first dental visit by age 1
What should parents expect at the first dental visit?
A thorough examination
Practical tips on how to care for your child’s teeth
A discussion about oral habits, including finger, thumb and pacifier sucking
An assessment of how likely your child is to develop cavities
Advice on teething and healthy feeding practices
Recommendations on the correct amount of systemic and topical fluoride
Tips to prevent oral and facial trauma
Healthy teeth and gums are essential for a healthy body. You can help your child enjoy a lifetime of good oral health with proper care at home, a balanced diet and regular dental visits.
How can I prepare for my child’s first dental visit?
Before the dental visit, emphasize the positive and fun aspects of the visit
Tell your child that the dentist is a friendly doctor who takes care of teeth
Schedule a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and cooperative
Do not tell your child scary stories about your own dental visits
Do not relay any anxiety that you might feel about dental visits
Never use the dental visit as a punishment or threat
Try to make your child’s dental visit an enjoyable and special outing