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When should my child first see a dentist, and what should we expect?

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend that children see a dentist by age 1. This early visit is focused on prevention, including diet and hygiene. It also creates a "dental home" for your child in the event that your child ever has a dental injury. The dentist is not only available for emergencies after hours, but can also look at your child's records from his or her previous exam and determine appropriate treatment if necessary.

Every "first dental visit" is different. Every child presents with different dental needs and different cognitive levels, and we tailor each appointment to meet your child's needs. We like to do as much as your child can comfortably tolerate. For some children, this means sitting on their mother's or father's lap and letting us look for a few moments with our dental mirror. Other children will allow a full cleaning and exam. We will do as much or as little at the first visit as you would like, and we always check with parents to find out their comfort level. Our goal is to set the stage for a positive relationship for your child based on trust so that he or she can easily achieve a lifetime of excellent dental health.

Parking is behind our building off of Rubio Ave. We validate for one hour so please bring your ticket with you!

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