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How to Prepare

Start early! To get your child ready, talk to him or her about what’s going to happen and be positive. Have your child practice opening his or her mouth to get them ready for when the dentist counts and checks their teeth. Reading books or watching videos about first dental visits may help your child be more confident.

Make a list of questions you may have. If your child is teething, sucking his or her thumb or using a pacifier too much, we can offer some advice.

What to Expect During the Visit

We will examine your child to make sure their jaw and teeth are developing in the way they should. During the visit, you will be seated in the dental chair with your child on your lap if your child isn’t able to  (or doesn’t want to) sit in the chair alone. The dentist will check for mouth injuries, cavities or other issues. Once that part of the exam is over, the dentist will clean your child’s teeth and give you tips for daily care. 

If your child cries a little or wiggles during the exam, don’t worry. It’s normal, and our dental team understands this is a new experience for your child!

Tips for a Great Visit

  • Don’t schedule an appointment during naptime. Instead, pick a time your child is usually well-rested and cooperative.

  • Make sure your child has had a light meal so they won’t be hungry during their visit.

  • Save snacks for after the visit so they aren’t on your child’s teeth during the exam.

  • Think of the appointment as a happy and fun experience. If your child becomes upset during the visit, we will work together to calm your child. Remember we're on the same team!

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