Child’s first dental appointment

When Should Your Child Start

Seeing the Dentist?


We get asked this quite a lot. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry says your child should start seeing the dentist at age 1, or as soon as they get their first tooth. You may think “isn’t that to young” or “what would happen at a first visit if they only have one tooth”. Those are great questions!

First Dental Appointment

The first dental appointment will be more educational parents. Our goal is to focus on prevention.  The sooner we can prevent oral decay, the healthier your child will be. We inform you of good and bad foods, discuss sleeping habits and strategies, brushing techniques and what to expect when your child is teething.

What Happens During the Appointment?

Not all days are good days for your child and we understand that. Sometimes we have days where they are willing for us to brush, other days we have to take it slow. Crying is a normal occurrence at this age, as they don’t like the idea of anyone brushing their teeth. We brush with a regular toothbrush that you take home and they get a fluoride vitamin that lasts up to 6 months. We recommend brushing for 2 songs, in our office we sing ABC’s on the top and Twinkle Twinkle for the bottom. After, they leave with a smile and a prize, of course. Taking your children along to your cleaning appointments to watch also helps them get familiar with their surroundings. After a few dental appointments, they soon get comfortable with the routine and become excited for their next trip to the office.

By focusing on preventing tooth decay, we hope to be your partner in raising cavity free kids!

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to give us a call Dr. Jodi McGrady at  (858) 748-3090 or you may visit American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry for other fun facts.

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