Preparing for Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

If your kiddo hasn’t seen the dentist yet and they’re over a year old, it’s probably time to make an appointment. Even if your child doesn’t have all of their teeth yet, it’s important to ensure that their gum health and bone health is good, too!


We know that some of our smallest patients can feel uncomfortable in an unknown environment (and with unknown people, too!), so we do everything we can to accommodate their needs. We allow parents to join their child in treatment rooms because we think it’s important for you to be an engaged member in your child’s oral health.

Getting Your Child Ready to See the Dentist

While we promise to do everything we can in our office, you can do a few things at home too, to prepare for your child’s first dental exam.

Play Pretend Dentist

Playing dentist at home will help your child know what to expect when they visit our office. If your child is younger, even going through some short gum inspections and making it fun will help them get used to their dental visit.

Be Brave

Dental anxiety is common in children and adults. If you have anxiety yourself, it’s important to put on a brave face for your child. Most kids learn what to be afraid of from their parents, so let them come into our office with an open & positive mind. If your child does have some anxiety, we’ll recommend an age-appropriate solution to help them (and you) relax in our care!

Reward Them

After their visit, take them to do something fun! It will help them create an exciting memory of their dental visit and encourage them to have positive feelings about oral health in the future.

What advice would you have for a child’s first dental appointment?

We look forward to meeting your family and caring for your little one’s smile!

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