Your Child’s First Visit to the Dentist

Blond toddler boy in the dental chair with his teddy bear.

Are you gearing up to take your child to their first dentist appointment? Exciting times! This milestone is an important step in ensuring your little one has a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles. Since your first-ever dentist appointment was a long time ago, you might be unsure what to expect. Here’s what you can plan for with your child’s first dental visit.

When to Book Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

Before we get into the nitty gritty of what happens at the actual appointment, you may be wondering when is the recommended time to schedule your child’s first dental visit. You should bring your child in either when they get their first tooth or by the time they reach their first birthday. The rule of firsts is easy enough to remember! Generally speaking, babies develop their first teeth between the ages of six and twelve months.

What to Expect During the Appointment

During your child’s first dental appointment, the dentist will examine their teeth, jaws, bite, and gums to make sure that everything is developing properly. While it might not seem like there’s much to check, it’s always better to catch any issues well ahead of time before they become big problems. Another benefit of the first visit is the chance it gives our team to make your child feel comfortable and at ease at the dentist. This can go a long way towards preventing future bouts of dental anxiety that are common among children.

Early Visits to the Dentist Benefit Parents Too

These first visits to the dentist are also meant to support parents. Our team can provide you with the information you need to manage your child’s oral health through the years. At this appointment, you can consult your child’s dentist to learn the best way to take care of their teeth or how to handle other issues such as teething or thumbsucking. They can also give you nutritional advice to ensure healthy, strong teeth. Pediatric dentists like those at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry have received special training geared to the needs of growing children.

We Love Kids at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry!

Need to book an appointment for your child? Or maybe you have more questions related to their dental care? Give us a call at Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry! Our team specialized in caring for young smiles. We’d be happy to plan your next visit to our San Antonio office and give you the information you’re looking for. We’re also available by email and a member of our friendly team will return your message as soon as possible.

We look forward to your child's first visit to our office!