First Smiles Dental, along with the American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the American Dental Association, recommend that a child see a dentist within six months of the first baby tooth coming into the mouth and no later than one year of age. This initial visit allows your child to establish a “Dental Home”—a place for your child to grow and be supported throughout childhood and adolescence. Children who have a dental home established early are less likely to form cavities and are more likely to get the appropriate preventive and regular oral health care that they need.
The first dental visit and those that follow will be a more positive experience if you bring your child at an early age. At First Smiles Dental, we want to teach your child healthy habits that will keep their teeth strong, beautiful, and pain free throughout their lives. If he or she is old enough to understand, tell your child about their first dental visit, letting them know that the dentist and other team members will explain each procedure as well as answer any questions. Dr. Victoria will gently and compassionately guide your child on his or her dental journey.
What should you bring with you to your child’s first visit?
At your child’s visit, please bring a copy of the insurance card, your license or picture ID, and any referral form or x-rays from a dentist or doctor.
Additional Items to bring if indicated:
- Clearance letter from a pediatrician or cardiologist if your child has a heart condition, including a murmur
- Court documents if you are a foster parent or are the guardian over a child who is not your biological child.