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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