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Child's First Visit

Your Child's First Visit to the Dentist                  

You should begin brushing your children’s teeth when they first get them. Even going over a baby’s teeth with a soft toothbrush will start establishing a routine and protect them from harmful bacteria.

We recommend that a child’s first visit to the dentist happen at approximately two-years of age. This visit is called a “Happy Check”. We spend time acquainting them with the office, the tools and counting their teeth as part of this visit. It is especially important to us that your child’s first experience is positive! 

You can help them “practice” for their visit at home by having them open and close their mouth, by routinely brushing their teeth and positively instructing them on a dental visit. 

Consider checking out some library books such as:

-        Show Me Your Smile!: A Visit to the Dentist  by Christine Ricci and Robe Roper

-        The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist  by Stan and Jan Berenstain

-        Going to the Dentist (Usborne First Experiences)  by Anne Civardi

-        Just Going to the Dentist (Little Critter)  by Mercer Mayer                                                                




When Will My Baby's Teeth "come in"?

Though every child is different, the chart below will show you the average age to start looking for new teeth in your baby's mouth!

Giving your child teething toys that have been chilled in the refrigerator, a cold wet baby washcloth to suck on or even spot treating with an oral pain reliever, such as Baby Orajel, may help relieve some temporary discomfort.


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