Your child’s first dental visit

When should your child visit the dentist?

It is recommended that your child’s first dental visit take place around the first birthday.  You might ask why, or assume that your child is too young to visit us. But don’t worry, we are very experienced in treating children of all ages.

What happens at the first dental visit?

We will discuss how to properly care for your baby/toddler’s mouth and what oral habits to watch out for (thumb/finger sucking). We will go over teething milestones and the link between oral health and a proper diet.

What should I expect at the first dental visit?

The visit will be short but sweet. Your child may be nervous (and that is OK, we are ready for it). Our goal is to keep this visit a positive experience. We will complete an exam. We will go over basic oral care. We may or may not actually complete a cleaning. This is a “happy visit” and if you child expresses fear, that’s fine. We will try again next time. We want your child to enjoy the overall experience, laying a good foundation for future visits.

How are we going to accomplish this?

We might have your child in the dental chair if he or she is comfortable.  If the child feels better on your lap, then we will do that instead.  Our main goal is that your child has a positive experience and wants to come back to see us.  Any questions, don’t hesitate to call us. We love children at Cahill Dental and we look forward to seeing you and your little one at their first dental appointment.