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What to Know About Your Child's First Dental Visit

By Dr. Amey L. Severson



As a pediatric dentist, I get lots of questions about the first dental visit. Most of the time, parents have more anxiety about the visit than their child. It is important that even if you have had the worst dental experiences possible, you try not to pass your fears along to your child. If you are scared about something they certainly will be too.

The first visit should be scheduled around the first birthday. This visit is usually an exam by the dentist to make sure the oral structures look and feel the way they should.

By Dr. Amey L. Severson

As a pediatric dentist, I get lots of questions about the first dental visit. Most of the time, parents have more anxiety about the visit than their child. It is important that even if you have had the worst dental experiences possible, you try not to pass your fears along to your child. If you are scared about something they certainly will be too.

The first visit should be scheduled around the first birthday. This visit is usually an exam by the dentist to make sure the oral structures look and feel the way they should. It also serves as a time when you can ask questions about oral health care and dental development. It's funny how you get bombarded with all kinds of information when you are pregnant, but somehow the mouth gets forgotten.

Some of you are probably feeling bad that you have not made it to the dentist yet and now your child is a toddler. DON'T. Many pediatricians advise you to wait until the second or third birthday. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends age one. But no matter when, the important thing is that you take them to the dentist!

For toddlers, the first visit usually is determined by what your child is comfortable with. Most often, an attempt at a cleaning; fluoride treatment; exam; and, if needed, x-rays, will be done.

The biggest question on your mind is probably about going into the treatment room with your child. This question is answered by each office differently. Some dentists will not let you accompany your child during the visit. Others have no problem allowing you to be with your little one. Make sure you ask about the office policy before making the appointment and only make the appointment if you are comfortable with the answer.

Just remember…relax, keep an open mind, hang in there, and ask questions!!!


Dr. Amey L. Severson is a pediatric dentist and the owner of Children's Dental Care Specialists.



Categories: Toddlers, Children's Health, Health & Wellness,


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