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A Guide to Your Kid’s First Dental Visit

Dentist showing a dental tool to a happy child

Your kids’ first dentist visit is a milestone that can set them up for a lifetime of good dental health. Although it may feel stressful for them (or you as a parent!), if you know how to prepare and what to expect, you can turn it into a positive experience. Here is everything you need to know about having a perfect first appointment.

When Should You Schedule Your Kid’s First Dentist Visit?

The American Dental Association (ADA) says you should take your children to their first dental appointment when their first tooth erupts or before they turn one. You can make an appointment based on the event that occurs first. The longer you delay this visit, the more you increase their risks of developing dental problems. Receiving preventative dental services at a younger age can keep issues like dental caries at bay.

In the meantime, you can start teaching oral hygiene practices to your kids, even by letting them hold a toothbrush or watch you brush before they can do it themselves. It is never too early to create good dental habits, and the sooner you do it, the better it is for their teeth. 

How to Prepare Your Kids for Their First Visit to the Dentist

Before you bring your kids in for their first dental visit, prepare them by telling them what will happen at this appointment. There are many children’s books about friendly dentists you can read to them to paint a positive picture of your kids’ first dentist in their minds. There are short movies you can watch and games you can play to make them feel comfortable with the idea of visiting the doctor. If you think they are still nervous on the day of their appointment, you can let them bring one of their favorite toys with them for reassurance. 

What to Expect at Your Kids’ First Dental Appointment

Your children’s first appointment will probably be a short one where they can get acquainted with their dentist and warm up to them. You will be able to sit in the room with your kids as the dentist examines their mouth to check their teeth, gums, and bite. 

For older kids, our team may also perform dental cleanings and fluoride treatments to keep their teeth safe from future cavities. The dentist will then ask about your kids’ medical history and talk to you about correct brushing and flossing techniques, teething, pacifier habits, and nutrition. You will also have an opportunity to ask all your questions regarding your kids’ dental health. 

Here is a list of questions you can ask at your kid’s first dentist visit:

  • How often should I bring my children for a dental appointment?
  • How can I prevent them from developing bad dental habits?
  • What toothpaste and mouthwash is the best for them?
  • When should my children start flossing?
  • When should they have their first dental X-rays?
  • When should they start using fluoride toothpaste and mouthwash?
  • How can I take care of their baby teeth?
  • Will my children need braces?
  • What should I do if my children have dental emergencies?

Why Choose Lolo Children’s Dentistry for Your Kids First Dental Visit

If you are still looking for your kids’ first dentist, you are in the right place! Here at Children’s Dentistry in Lolo, we tend to young patients from all over Western Montana in the most kid-friendly office filled with exciting toys, video games, and prizes to keep your children distracted. They will feel completely safe and cared for by our welcoming staff and kind dentists. Our convenient location and flexible schedules allow you to bring your kids in for their first visit without missing work as we even offer appointments on Saturdays. On top of that, we accept most insurance plans, including Montana Medicaid

We’re accepting new patients, and we’d love to have you join our family. Give us a call to schedule your kid’s first dentist appointment. We will be happy to welcome you to Children’s Dentistry and give your kids the best dental care possible.