Pediatric Dentistry: First Dental Visit

Getting an early start is an important step on the road to a lifetime of healthy dental habits for your child.  We’d like to share the latest available methods for keeping your child healthy and safe.

The first dental visit should occur shortly after the first tooth erupts and no later than your child’s first birthday.  Primary tooth and mouth examinations may lead to the detection of early-stage tooth decay that can be easily treated.  At the first visit we will present:

  • A program of preventive home care including brushing, flossing, diet and the importance of fluoride
  • A caries risk assessment
  • Information about early childhood caries, which may result from inappropriate nursing habits or inappropriate use of sippy cups
  • The latest facts about finger, thumb, and pacifier habits
  • What you need to know about preventing injuries to the mouth and teeth
  • Information on growth and development