What Happens at a Child’s First Dentist Appointment?

A child’s first dentist appointment is typically used as an introduction to the dentist in order to make them feel more comfortable. Their first appointment generally consists of a routine check-up of their mouth, teeth, gums, and bite. At a young age, dentists usually are looking for signs of normal growth and development of the teeth and mouth. Children may also get a teeth cleaning at their first dental visit depending on what the dentist sees fit. The dentist will also talk to children on their first visit about dental hygiene and how to properly care for their teeth and mouth, such as the correct way to brush and floss.

At What Age Should My Child Have Their First Dentist Appointment?

It is recommended that children have their first dentist appointment by either the time they are one year old or within six months of their first tooth coming in, whichever comes first. Be sure to express any concerns or questions you or your child may have before the visit. Dentists also recommend that you prepare your child for their first visit by calming them and letting them know that dental visits are completely normal and very important. 

How Often Should Children See the Dentist After Their First Appointment?

Dentists recommend that children should see the dentist every six months after their first appointment, just like adults. In the visits following a child’s first appointment, children will have more routine checkups and cleanings. These visits are intended to make the child more comfortable going to the dentist.

How Often Should Children See the Dentist After Their First Appointment?

Parents should always make sure that their child is practicing good dental hygiene in between dentist appointments. Dentists recommend that children brush their teeth twice a day, both in the morning and at night, for at least two minutes per brushing session. Children should also floss daily, making sure to do it for two to three minutes each time in order to be effective. Parents should also be sure to monitor their child’s sugary food intake. Candy, fruit juice, and soda can cause tooth decay which can be harmful in the long-term.

Do You Have More Questions? Contact Our Dental Offices in South Portland, Biddeford, and Topsham, Maine.

If you have more questions concerning your child’s teeth and gum health, contact our offices in southern Maine where a family dentist would be happy to help. To set up an appointment for a new patient, please click here and fill out our new patient form.