What happens at the First Dental Visit?
We love to introduce the children to the dental office as soon as possible. All children are different–some go at their own pace while others jump right in. The same goes with how they will act in the dental chair. Some may open wide, like a roaring lion. While others may tuck behind a parent afraid to show their sweet face. We cater to each child’s unique needs.
Dr. Hale visually examines the teeth, gums, and jaws. Older children, around four to six years old, may also get diagnostic X-Rays to evaluate for any tooth decay or signs of abnormalities. We call them Cavity-Detecting X-Rays! It’s like our super-power.
Depending on the age of your child, we may have them come at a later time for a teeth cleaning but usually a child teeth cleaning is completed during the same appointment.
A child dental exam is easy and fun. We encourage a visit by age one (as recommended by the American Dental Association). This allows kids to practice healthy dental habits. It also helps them become accustomed to the dentist’s office and all the strange sounds and people there. We have found the most success in oral care and hygiene when you start as early as age one and two.