How to Prepare for Your Child’s First Dental Visit (+Free Checklist)
It feels like so many little moments have been checked off since you’ve brought your little one home. Every precious laugh, hug, cuddle, and learning lessons along the way reminds you of how precious each moment truly is.
And it’s in those moments (many times after a VERY long day!) that you can’t help but think to yourself, “Can they stay this little just for a little while longer?”
Aww, those first memories!
While we can’t stop time in its tracks, here at Dental Associates we can make each and every milestone that your little one goes through a fun and special experience.
And one of our favorite milestones at Dental Associates is when we get to be a part of your child’s first ever dental visit!
So, we created a first dental visit checklist to help you start your child’s dental health goals on the right track:
STEP 1: Choosing a Dental Home:
- Create a list of local pediatric dental practices near you. Dental Associates has locations in Newtown, Shelton, New Milford, and Danbury!
Ask your family, friends and pediatricians, which office they would recommend.
Call the office and evaluate the friendliness of the staff and their ability to answer all your questions.
- Choose a pediatric dental practice before your child’s first birthday. A 2006 scientific paper in Pediatric Dentistry revealed that children who waited past their first birthday and did not see a dentist until age two or three “were more likely to have subsequent preventive, restorative, and emergency visits” (Source: aapd.org // Pediatric Dentistry)
STEP 2: Scheduling Your First Appointment:
- Schedule an appointment by age 1. The best time to schedule an appointment is when your child is most likely to be awake and alert.
- Fill out and hand in any new patient forms & paperwork. You can find our new patient forms on our website or at our offices in Newtown, Shelton, New Milford, and Danbury. Just fill out the form and hand it in via e-mail, fax, or in-person.
- Provide a complete medical history about your child. Your child’s overall health can impact their dental health and how your pediatric dentist treats your child’s specific medical needs. Providing a complete medical history about your child allows your dental professional to deliver the highest quality of care.
STEP 3: What to do During Your First Visit:
- Come in a little early to your appointment to fill out any paperwork. Just a little early so you can sit down, breathe, and get nice and relaxed with your child before seeing your pediatric dentist. It really makes a difference!
- Ask your pediatric dentist for tips & strategies to keep your child on a healthy dental track. Your pediatric dentist will help you with getting your child excited about brushing their teeth, will give recommended toothbrushes to help keep your child’s gums and any incoming teeth healthy and clean, and will give you tips and strategies to help prevent cavities. According to aapd.org, 25% of children in the United States have 80 percent of the cavities a child could have. Being informed on how to keep your child on a healthy dental track is important.
- Schedule Your Child’s Next Appointment. It’s an easy and simple process here at Dental Associates and our committed and friendly staff will be ready to help you schedule your child’s next appointment.
And while we still can’t keep them little, we can do everything we can now to set them up for the healthiest and brightest future that they deserve. So enjoy the hugs and sweet smiles, laugh, play and enjoy every little moment and milestone that comes along. We can’t wait to be there for you before, during, and after your visit with us for you and your entire family!