What To Expect At Your Child's First Dental Visit

Are you a new parent? Wondering when you should bring your child to the dentist, how to prepare them for the visit, and what will happen during your appointment? Get all the information you need in this blog from Whittier Palm Dental now. 

When Should My Child See The Dentist For The First Time? 

Your child should see a dentist when they turn 1 year old or whenever they get their first tooth. That’s the recommendation of the AAPD (American Association of Pediatric Dentistry) and it’s our recommendation at Whittier Palm Dental, too.

This may seem early, but it’s never too soon to make sure your child’s teeth and gums are healthy. And by seeing the dentist regularly from a very young age, your little one will get more used to the process, and will be less likely to be nervous or anxious about dental care.

And don’t worry. If your child is older and still hasn’t seen the dentist, now is the perfect time to get started with dental care in Montebello! Get in touch with Whittier Palm Dental to schedule their consultation now. 

How Can I Prepare My Child For Their First Visit?

First, we recommend scheduling a morning appointment for your child, since they’ll be more well-rested and will be less likely to be cranky or upset. You should also maintain a positive attitude toward their first visit, and use encouraging and positive words when talking about it. This will help your child feel more comfortable.

In addition, it can be helpful to watch some YouTube videos or read children’s books about dentistry and what happens during a dental appointment. Your child will enjoy learning about the process, and this will help them understand what to expect during their first visit.

What Happens At My Child’s First Appointment?

This partially depends on the age of your child. If your little one is between 1-2, they will get a “lap exam.” You’ll hold your child on your lap, and Dr. Winslow will take a look at their teeth and gums, clean them gently, and answer any questions you may have about their oral development.

Older kids who have most of their baby teeth (2-3 or older) will get a normal teeth cleaning and oral exam, just like an adult. Their teeth will be cleaned, polished, and flossed by a hygienist, and then Dr. Winslow will provide them with a comprehensive oral exam. X-rays may also be taken, if necessary.

Why Should I Visit A Family Dentist Instead Of A Pediatric Dentist? 

Family dentists like Dr. Jelani Winslow treat patients of all ages. In contrast, pediatric dentists only treat kids. This means that you can enjoy more convenience at Whittier Palm Dental, since you and your kids can be treated at the same office.

Contact Whittier Palm Dental To Get Started

If your child is overdue for their first dental appointment, Dr. Winslow and the team at Whittier Palm Dental are here to help. Call today at (323) 721-7153 or contact us online to schedule an appointment for your child in Montebello.

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