If you have a young baby and are wondering when you should start taking them to the dentist, you’ve come to the right place! Here, we’ll discuss the best age for a first dental visit, how to prepare for their visit, and what you should expect when you’re at our office.
When Should My Kid Have Their First Dental Visit?The American Dental Association and our expert team here at Shaenfield Pediatric Dentistry recommend that your child visit the dentist within six months of when their first tooth appears, and not any later than their first birthday. It’s important to begin bringing your child to our San Antonio dental office early because as soon as your baby has teeth, they can get tooth decay and cavities. By being proactive about your child’s dental health now, you can help ensure that they have the tools and skills they need to have a healthy smile for life.
How Should I Prepare for My Child’s First Dentist Appointment?
- Get your child used to opening their mouth for when Dr. Wilkerson checks their teeth.
- Show your child videos or read them books about visiting the dentist to familiarize them with the idea so they are less likely to be afraid.
- Make sure your child is fed, well-rested, and has a clean diaper so they’re more comfortable.
- Bring their favorite blanket, teething toy, or stuffed animal as a distraction.
- Know any medications your child is taking, and their relevant dental and medical family history.
- Check with your dental insurance to see what’s covered and if you should expect a copay.
- Bring your insurance card with you.
- Prepare a list of dental-related questions you want to ask our team. Your child’s checkup is not only healthy for them, it is a helpful time for you to consult with us how to best care for their oral health.
- Fill out the new patient forms ahead of time.