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When to Schedule Your Child’s First Dental Visit in Wheaton
The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends that all children visit the dentist by their first birthday or after their teeth begin to erupt- whichever comes first. This might seem early, but it’s not. Your child’s first dental visit can set the stage for lifelong dental health.
Although your child’s baby teeth, also known as primary teeth, eventually fall out, they serve as guides for their future permanent adult teeth. This is why it’s critically important to protect the health, structure, and integrity of your child’s baby teeth.
Preparing for the First Dental Visit
Before it’s time to bring your child into DPD Smiles for their first dental visit, use these tips to prepare:
Discuss the dentist with your child, even if they aren’t old enough to respond yet. Creating familiarity with the concept of the dentist may help your baby feel more comfortable during their appointment.
Remember that your dental anxiety can become their anxiety. If you have a fear of the dentist or dislike seeing the dentist, it’s best not to share this with young children. Dentistry has evolved leaps and bounds, so your first experience with a dentist is likely nothing like what your child’s will be.
If your child has a favorite blanket or toy, we encourage you to bring it to their first appointment. Holding a familiar object can help your baby feel calm and relaxed rather than anxious or confused.
What to Expect
Our pediatric dental office specializes in creating fun, stress-free dental experiences. We always strive to make your baby’s first checkup easy and rewarding!
You can expect your child’s first dental visit to include a quick, non-invasive examination of their teeth and gums. We want to get to know you, your baby and welcome them to our practice. We’ll also help you identify the best oral health and hygiene practices to use at home and answer common questions about sippy cups, cavity prevention, healthy snacks, and more.
Lifetime of Healthy Smiles
As a mother herself, Dr. Joshi is committed to helping your baby achieve healthy dental development by giving them an early start. Dr. Joshi and her DPD Smiles team are here to give your child a lifetime of healthy smiles.
Call us today at (630) 469-7696 to schedule your child’s first appointment.