Professionals recommend that a child have his or her first dentist visit by age one. Around six months after the first tooth comes in. Is your child due for an appointment with the dentist?

Many parents schedule their child’s first visit with the dentist they use themselves. However, you should seek out a professional for children. A pediatric dentist has extra training in caring for the oral health of kids. He or she knows how to deal with squirming or concern. The office will also have a very child-friendly staff and a waiting room with fun books and toys.

What to expect at your child’s first dentist visit

Expect the first dentist visit to be a brief introduction. The visit may be about 15-20 minutes. This is enough time for your child to meet and become familiar with the dentist, the chair, and the tools. Also, the parent will be invited to ask any questions.

If the child is not upset or afraid, the dentist may be able to do a more in-depth exam. The first exam could include the following:

  • Counting and examining existing teeth
  • Examination of the child’s bite and gums
  • Discussion of correct brushing techniques
  • Gentle polishing of teeth
  • Answering parent questions

You should schedule a return visit at the end of the first appointment. Most pediatric dentists prefer to see their patients every 6 months. This allows them to monitor changes as the child grows. Twice per year visits also help the child to get more comfortable and friendly with the dentist and staff.