When should my child first see the dentist?
If you have a specific concern, we’re happy to see children at any age. In general, however, we usually like to start seeing them around age 2-3. At this age they usually have most of their baby teeth, making it the ideal time to start monitoring their dental development.
Every child reacts differently to dental visits, so it’s important for us to take things slowly, giving them plenty of time to adapt to the new experience. It’s crucial that their first few trips to our office are completely free of stress. Too many adults still avoid dental visits because of a negative experience as a child.
In fact, we’ve found it’s a good idea to have your little ones accompany their older siblings to dental appointments. This is a perfect low-stress way to allow them to get to know us and get used to the new sights and sounds of a dental office.
If you don’t have older kids, we encourage you to make an appointment for a “happy visit.” This serves the same purpose – your child comes in to meet us and get used to the new faces, sights and sounds of a dental office. We may take a look at their teeth if they’re receptive, but we don’t usually plan on doing any dental work during these early visits.
Is it time for your child’s first dental visit? Please call Thomas Family Dentistry, and we’ll be happy to arrange a time for you to bring your child in to meet us!