When to Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Visit

The most common question we have regarding children is about what age should they start going to the dentist. At River Valley Pediatric Dental Specialists, we follow the guidelines of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry on when a child should first see a dentist. Accordingly you should bring your child to see Dr. Rena when the first tooth comes through the gums. During the first dental visit, we will get to know your child and get him/her acquainted with the dental office. During the initial visit we also evaluate the child’s dental health, as well as offer tips in good dental care for your child. Our goal is to have our youngest patients to feel comfortable and happy about visiting the dentist!11170953_s

What to Expect During Your Child’s First Dental Visit

For your child’s first visit to River Valley Pediatric Dental Specialists, we like to do a comprehensive examination. This includes looking at your child’s teeth along with the supporting structures of the gums. Dr. Rena will also address your child’s oral hygiene, as well as clean your child’s teeth. We will look at your child’s bite and will only take X-rays if necessary. This is the optimal time to ask questions about your child’s mouth and teeth.

Preparing for Your Child’s First Visit

A common complaint of parents is that their child is afraid of going to the dentist. At River Valley Pediatric Dental Specialists, we are experienced in making a child’s first visit to the dentist as easy an comfortable as possible.

Keep in mind that some children are more nervous or anxious in new situations or environments. That is perfectly understandable. We encourage parents to be open and honest with their children about questions or fears they have regarding their first visit to the dentist.