Your Child’s First Visit

Your child’s first visit to the dentist is a developmental milestone. The American Dental Association recommends that a child’s first visit be no later than 6 months after the first primary tooth has erupted from the gums. Making a habit of regular dental check-ups and cleanings this early in life will make periodic exams seem routine as your child gets older.

Visiting the dentist for the first time may be intimidating for young children.

Pediatric dentists understand the apprehensions of children, as well as parents. If you think that your child could use some extra reassurance during his or her first visit, speak with your child’s dentist about holding your child in your lap or holding hands during this initial visit. As your child’s trust grows, your dentist may recommend one-on-one treatment in the future to help establish a relationship with your child.

Frequently Asked Questions

My child’s teeth still has ‘baby teeth.’ Is it really necessary for us to visit a dentist?

Yes. The primary teeth are not only important for communication and digestion, but they also directly impact the future health of your child’s permanent teeth. Bring your child to a Norwood pediatric dentist no later than his or her first birthday.

What should I expect at my child’s first Norwood dental visit?

Your child’s first dental appointment is the time when you will get to know your Norwood dentist and complete forms about your child’s health and oral care routine at home. The dentist will check your child’s teeth and gums, and provide a topical fluoride treatment if necessary. You may receive some in-office or printed educational materials about good oral hygiene practices that will help you protect your child from developing tooth decay and gum disease. Before you leave, your dentist may also discuss pediatric topics with you, such as teething, thumb-sucking, or bottle usage. This is also your opportunity to ask any questions you may have about developmental milestones.

Will I need to follow-up with my child’s dentist in the future?

Yes. You should return to the dentist for additional pediatric dental check-ups and cleanings at least once every 6 months. Also, do not hesitate to contact your child’s dentist if you notice signs of decay, oral pain or developmental delays.