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Your Child's First Visit for Children Under 3: What To Expect

Here’s what you need to know about your child’s first dentist appointment with your Madison dentist at First Choice Dental:

Schedule their First Dental Visit Before their First Birthday.

Most dental health experts and the American Dental Association recommend that you take your child to their first dentist appointment within about six months of their first tooth’s arrival, or by the time they turn one.

Choose a kids dentist for your baby that they will never outgrow.

When it comes to picking a dentist, many people take their little ones to Mom and Dad’s dentist, often a good choice, particularly if your dentist has experience with young children. At First Choice Dental, we love to see little ones from their very first visit. We love to care for you and your entire family. We can also make it convenient with Family Scheduling, so the whole family can be seen at once. As your child grows and begins to feel right at home at First Choice Dental, they’ll never outgrow us, from tots to teens and beyond.

What Will Happen During Your Child’s First Dental Visit:

Expect the first dentist appointment to be short and informal. This is more of a meet and greet for your child and the dentist. It is a wonderful opportunity for your child to have a wonderfully positive first experience at the dentist, and for you to learn how to care for your child’s developing teeth and gums.

Depending on your child’s age and comfort level, your First Choice Dental dentist will probably ask you to hold your child while the dentist examines their mouth. This helps your child to feel a sense of trust while they get used to being examined by the dentist. This way, you’re also close by in case the dentist wants to show you something in your child’s mouth. And you can point out anything to your dentist that you have a question about.

Your dentist will check for decay and take a look at your child’s gums, jaw, and bite. If your child has several teeth already, the dentist or hygienist may clean your child’s teeth and perhaps apply a fluoride preparation (particularly if there is a stain or a high risk of cavities) Or they may save that for the next visit.

Your toddler’s first dental visit is as helpful for you as it is for them, since your dentist will talk to you about good oral-hygiene habits — and give you the chance to ask any questions you may have about toddler teething, thumb sucking, tooth-friendly foods, or anything else that pertains to your toddler’s oral health. You should feel free to bring a list of your questions to the appointment so that you remember them when you’ve got the dentist’s attention. First Choice Dental also offers a free online resource on our Facebook page called Ask First Choice Dental which is available to you anytime 24/7 for submitting your dental-related question online to our panel of experts.

How often should your toddler visit your dentist?

Based on how your toddler’s teeth look, your dentist will let you know when to make the next visit. In most cases, First Choice Dental recommends that toddlers see the dentist about every six months — as long as there are no major problems. It’s a great idea to bring your family calendar to your child’s first appointment, to make it easy to schedule your next visit. Don’t forget to schedule your child’s second appointment before you leave.

Do you have questions you forgot to ask your First Choice Dental dentist?

No worries! You can contact our Locations at any time and your dental hygienist or dentist can answer your questions. Better yet, go online to Ask First Choice Dental anytime, day or night, 24/7/365. This free online resource on our Facebook page enables you to ask your dental-related question about Baby & Child Dental Health, or any range of dental-related topics, and our panel of dentists will review your question and respond right away!