Child’s First Dental Visit
What age should my child’s first dental visit be?! You want to take your infant child to the dentist but don’t know when! When and what age would be the best for my child’s first dental visit? What should I expect from the first dental visit? These are common questions parents have regarding their child’s dental health. This blog is designed to answer your questions about your child’s first dental visit and what to expect during this visit.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics suggest your child’s first dental visit to be by age one. They both agree your child needs a dental home by age one. This is easily remembered by the slogan: ” first dental visit by first birthday”. This article: Brushing Up on Oral Health: Never Too Early to Start is a great source of knowledge to explain the importance of establishing a dental home for your child at an early age.
“First visit by first birthday” should be the time for your child’s first dental visit!
The first step to establish a dental home for your child is scheduling a visit with a pediatric dentist for an “infant oral health” examination. This initial visit allows the pediatric dental specialist to evaluate each child’s developing dentition. The first dental visit also provides an environment to discuss important information with parents concerning anticipatory guidance, oral hygiene, diet instructions, trauma prevention and fluoride use.
Please feel free to contact our office with any questions you may have regarding your child’s oral health care. Also, be sure to visit our website at drblen.com. It would truly be a pleasure to serve you and your children in any way to ensure good oral hygiene and dental health.
What age should your child’s first dental visit be? Remember, “First visit by first birthday” should be the time for your child’s first dental visit! Call us at 901-415-2536 to schedule your child’s first dental visit.
Dr. B - Michael Blen DDS
Board Certified Pediatric Dentist