Your Child’s First Visit
The first dental visit should be after your child’s third birthday. The first dental visit is usually short and involves very little treatment. We may ask you to sit in the dental chair and hold your child during the examination. You may also be asked to wait in the reception area during part of the visit so that a relationship can be built between your child and Dr. Cary.
We will gently examine your child’s teeth and gums. X-rays may be taken (to reveal decay and check on the progress of your child’s permanent teeth under the gums). We will evaluate jaw growth, facial proportions and orthodontic development to determine if early treatment would be a benefit. We may clean your child’s teeth and apply topical fluoride to help protect the teeth against decay. We will make sure your child is receiving adequate fluoride at home. Most important of all, we will review with you how to clean and care for your child’s teeth.
First Visit Tips
- Show your child around in the office
- Read books about going to the dentist (Dr. Seuss).
- Review what the dentist will be doing on their first visit.
- Tell positive stories about your own dental experiences.
During your first visit the dentist will:
- Examine your child’s mouth, teeth and gums.
- Evaluate adverse habits like thumb sucking.
- Check to see if your child need fluoride.
- Teach child about cleaning their teeth and gums.
- Suggest a schedule for regular dental visits.