Our office, as well as the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, recommends that your child visit the dentist by his/her 1st birthday. You can make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Your child should be informed of the visit and told that the dentist and their staff will explain all procedures and answer any questions. The less to-do concerning the visit, the better.
In support of the "First Tooth First Birthday." exams for children under 3 years are free! The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) along with the AAPD support this protocol. If your child is over the age of 3, we ask that you allow them to accompany our staff through the dental experience. We are all highly experienced in helping children overcome anxiety. Separation anxiety is not uncommon in children, so please try not to be concerned if your child exhibits some negative behavior. This is normal and will soon diminish.
Studies and experience have shown that most children over the age of 3 react more positively when permitted to experience the dental visit on their own and in an environment designed for children.
We love our kids and want to do what is right for them, but they don’t always (or often!) make that easy. So we might skip brushing their teeth when they start to freak out at the sight of their toothbrush; or when they’ve fallen asleep before you’ve had a chance to help them brush their teeth. If your little one prefers to snack all day, you might feel relieved they’re getting some food in their stomachs – but constant munching can put them at higher risk for cavities.
In addition, preschoolers who have cavities in their baby teeth are three times as likely to develop them in their permanent teeth. A five-year-old’s oral health can even predict greater decay and disease as an adult.