First Visit to the Dentist
When should I schedule my child’s first dental visit?
It’s recommended that you bring your baby in for a visit within six months of the first tooth’s eruption — usually around his or her first birthday. Since decay can occur in even the smallest of teeth, the earlier your baby visits us, the more likely he or she is to avoid problems. We’ll look for any signs of early problems with your baby’s oral health, and check in with you about the best way to care for your little one's teeth.
A positive attitude goes a long way!
Remember that preparing for each dental visit with a positive attitude goes a long way toward making your child comfortable with regular checkups. Our specialty team is comfortable seeing children from even a young age and the first visit is very similar to a well-child check at the pediatrician. We will discuss medical history, growth and development, preventive strategies for good home care and address any specific concerns and questions that you may have.
What will happen during my child’s first dental visit?
- Discuss ways to promote infant oral health
- Show your child all of our tools and instruments
- Complete a comprehensive dental exam
- If age appropriate, we will also clean your child’s teeth and take x-rays
For the first dental visit, we focus on a fun, safe positive experience. We will discuss ways to promote your child’s oral health, including diet and oral hygiene; show your child all of our tools and instruments; and complete a thorough exam of your child’s teeth, soft tissues, and bite. Because we want the first visit to be easy to create a relationship with your child, we will typically leave the ‘hard stuff’ (such as the dental cleaning and x-rays) until the second visit, unless your child is 36 months old or we see a potential dental issue.
What parents are saying after their first dental visit with us
Could not have been more pleased with the experience
"My daughter had her first dental appointment with Dr. Gail Rohlfing and we could not have been more pleased with our experience. The staff was very knowledgeable and tooth the time to explain each step of the process and what we should expect. Dr. Rohlfing was gentle and calmed my daughter's nerves with ease. We will be back and have already recommended the practice to friends and family!
My daughter loves brushing and counting her teeth now
"My two year old loved her first dental experience with Jacquelyn and Dr. Kate! She can't wait to come back for her 6 month check up. She still talks about going to the dentist and loves brushing and counting her teeth now! :-)"
They make the visit fun
"Dr. Kelly Lipp was so patient with my daughter during her first dental appointment and she made it fun! I'm thankful so my daughter will still want to go as she gets older. Also, Kylie is the friendlist face you see when you walk in and out plus the helpful! I couldn't have asked for a better experience for my toddler's first appointment."
Lots of helpful information
"Extremely positive experience for first toddler dental appointment. Everyone had such positive and helpful attitudes. The office was decorated very kid-friendly. Recieved lots of helpful information. Looking forward to next visit!"
The front desk staff is really nice and helpful
“Went with my two-year-old today for her first dental visit. It was actually fun for both of us! The waiting room was kid friendly with little clubhouse with great books and toys. The front desk staff was really nice and helpful. The whole practice has a special way with kids. Within a few moments, my daughter was laying on the table under the light with her mouth open. She even let them use a dental tool to check her teeth. I was impressed with their knowledge and we will definitely go back!”
– Lauren D
I couldn't be more pleased
"I took my 22-month-old son here for his first dental visit, and I couldn't be more pleased. The entire staff was extremely kind, and the environment is ideal for small children. There are plenty of activities in the waiting area to keep your kids occupied. They even have a large touch screen video game for older kids. The methods they use to keep toddlers calm during the exam are very effective. They even gave him a ball the keep! The dentist, Dr. Kate Lambert, has a great personality and she defniitely belongs in pediatric dentistry! My son was very comfortable with her. She was very gentle with him yet she completed the exam quickly! We will definitely be bacvk, and I highly recommend this place."