Dr. Cook and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommend that children be seen by six months after their first tooth erupts, or at one year of age, whichever comes first.
What happens during my child’s first visit to the dentist?
The first visit is usually short and simple. In most cases, we focus on getting to know your child and giving you some basic information about dental care.
Dr. Cook will check your child’s teeth for placement and health, and look for any potential problems with the gums and jaw. If necessary, we may do a bit of cleaning. We will also answer any questions you have about how to care for your child's teeth as they develop, and provide you with materials that contain helpful tips you can refer to at home.
How can I prepare my child for the first dental appointment?
The best preparation for your child’s first visit to our office is maintaining a positive attitude. Children pick up on adults’ apprehensions, and if you make negative comments about trips to the dentist, you can be sure that your child will expect an unpleasant experience and act accordingly.
Show your youngster the pictures of the office and staff on the website. Let him or her know that it’s important to keep the teeth and gums healthy, and that Dr. Cook will help to do that. Remember that she is specially trained to handle fears and anxiety, and our staff excels at putting children at ease during treatment.
It is best if you refrain from using words around your child that might cause unnecessary fear, such as “needle,” “shot,” “pull,” “drill,” or “hurt.” Our office makes a practice of using words that convey the same message, but are pleasant and non-frightening to the child.