Your Child’s First Dental Visit
What should I do to prepare my child for their first dental visit?
Parents, as well as children, can be apprehensive about the first dental visit.
Here are a few suggestions to help make the first visit go smoothly:
- Fill out our online New Patient form or print, complete, and return the below forms when you arrive for your first appointment.
- Read your child a story about going to the dentist.
- Inform our staff about any medical or psychological problems your child may have.
- Make sure your child is well-rested before the dental appointment.
- Play “dentist” with your child at home. Pretend that you are counting teeth then switch roles and let your child be the “dentist.”
- If your child is at the right age, openly discuss his or her questions or concerns.
- Do not convey anxiety about the dental visit to your child.
- Do not use negative words like hurt, shot, needle, or drill.
- Do not become upset if your child cries during the first visit. This is normal behavior for young children and infants.
- Discuss your questions and concerns with Dr. Crews. First-time oral health visits are primarily used to assess your child’s risk for dental disease, begin a dental preventive program, and determine the most appropriate dental appointment schedule for your child.
During your child’s first visit, Dr. Crews will:
- Inquire about your child’s medical history.
- Ask about your child’s dietary and feeding habits.
- Evaluate your child’s oral hygiene.
- Examine the mouth for dental caries or other problems.
- Assess the need for fluoride supplements.
- Explain age-appropriate oral hygiene techniques.