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At what age should I bring my child to the dentist?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Dental Association recommend that a visit to the dentist should be scheduled by the child's first birthday. At this young age problems can be detected, treated early, or avoided completely. More importantly, it can help establish a positive relationship between your child and the dentist.

What will happen during my child’s first visit?

Drs. Brady and Lane will examine your child’s mouth and jaw to get an indication of how the teeth, bone, and soft tissues are forming. They will check for decay and review oral hygiene instructions, and your child’s teeth will be cleaned, fluoride applied, and x-rays taken if necessary. It is normal for a child under 3 to not feel comfortable sitting in the dental chair so our doctors may perform a knee to knee exam with the parent to provide a safe and comforting exam.We will explain any problems or concerns that exist and the dental care needed (both in our office and at home) to treat and prevent problems. We encourage you to ask questions. Your concerns are very important to us.

What do I tell my child about seeing the dentist?

You can help make the first visit to the dentist enjoyable and positive. Tell them that the dentist is a friendly doctor who will help them take care of their teeth. Don't let the child know you feel any anxiety about going to the dentist. It is best to refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as "needle", "shot", "pull", "drill" or "hurt". The office makes a practice of using the “tell-show-do” method. We will first TELL your child about a procedure, then SHOW your child how it works, feels and sounds, then, when they are comfortable, we will DO the procedure.