The American Dental Association recommends that a child should visit a dentist by their first birthday or receive their first tooth. Introducing professional dental care early is the best way to ensure a healthy smile for life!
To guarantee a successful first visit, it is important to properly prepare your child for their visit. Be careful in the words your chose when telling your child about their first dental visit. Avoid using negative words, such as hurt, needles or drill. These words may induce unnecessary dental anxieties. Instead, speak in general terms and stay positive. After all, visiting the dentist makes you feel great! Remember to lead by example, when your children see you practicing good oral habits it will motivate and encourage them to do the same!