First Visit to the Dentist
Did you know…
that early childhood caries is the most common chronic disease in American children? It is far more prevalent than other common childhood illnesses, such as asthma. Furthermore, tooth decay and gum disease that begin early in life is likely to progress over time, potentially leading to a lifetime of oral complications.
Frequently Asked Questions
At what age should I first bring my child to the dentist?
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that young patients begin visiting a dentist no later than the first birthday, when most children already have a first tooth. Children will continue to visit the dentist periodically throughout childhood to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
What will happen at this first visit?
The main goal of the first dental visit is to give the family a “dental home”. Dr. Keaney will talk with the parent or care giver about home care, diet, any habits the child may have and address any questions or concerns. She will complete a dental examination of the teeth and surrounding soft tissues (gums). Depending on the comfort level of the child she will hopefully be able to brush and apply fluoride to the teeth. Each first visit appointment is different. Dr. Keaney understands that and really tries to cater to the individual needs of each patient and family.
How can I make a dental appointment?
Our staff is happy to assist you through the process of making a first appointment for your child. Simply call our office to speak with one of our helpful staff members and schedule your child’s visit. We aim to make your child’s experience as comfortable as possible.