According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, your child’s first dental visit should take place after the first tooth appears. Why so early? This should be the beginning of a positive relationship that will last through adolescence, between the dentist, the child and the parent. It also allows the dentist to monitor growth and development as the child grows, and catch any problems while they are still small and easy to treat. Dr. Singh gladly accept patients from infancy through adolescence.
How to Prepare
Start early! To get your child ready for the visit, talk to him/her about what to expect in a fun and positive way. Get them excited! Have your child practice opening his or her mouth “big like a dinosaur`` to get them ready for when Dr. Singh counts and checks their teeth. Reading books or watching videos about first dental visits may also help your child feel more confident about their upcoming visit.
Parents can prepare, too. It may be quicker and easier for you to fill out our new patient forms at home instead of at the office on the day of your visit. You can download and fill out our new patient forms HERE.
Make a list of questions, as well. If your child is teething, sucking his or her thumb or using a pacifier too much, Dr. Singh can offer some advice.
What to Expect
Dr. Singh 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 is unable to sit in the chair alone. We will check for mouth injuries, cavities or other issues. Once that part of the exam is over, your child’s teeth will be cleaned and you will be given tips for daily care.
If your child cries a little or wiggles during the exam, don’t worry. It’s normal, and your 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 and brushes their teeth before their appointment 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, work with your dentist to calm your child. You’re on the same team!