Our office follows the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines and recommends children have their first dental visit by age 1. This is a good time to establish care and a good routine. At your first visit, the doctor will examine your child's teeth as well as give you helpful tips on brushing, flossing and diet. We recommend children receive a checkup every six months.
When should my child first go to the dentist?
- First birthday – first dental checkup. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend a first visit around the first birthday.
- This early appointment is very important. Many problems that might otherwise arise can be prevented by this early visit.
What to expect at the first dental visit
- We will examine your child’s teeth, check for tooth decay, make sure that teeth are coming in the right order and check for proper jaw development.
- We will invite you to stay during your child’s first examination.
- We will talk about home care and share recommendations for maintaining excellent oral health.
- We will also discuss nutrition information and thumb and pacifier habits.
Please do not be surprised if your child cries. Children are often afraid of new experiences and crying is a normal reaction to that fear.
Tips for a successful first visit
- Practice counting teeth and opening wide.
- Do NOT use fear-provoking words.
- Expect your child to react well and enjoy your first visit to our office.
- Set a good example by brushing your own teeth twice a day, flossing, eating a balanced diet and visiting the dentist regularly.
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Discover comprehensive, experienced pediatric dentistry and cosmetic dentistry at Children’s Dentistry of Rancho Cucamonga by calling us at 909.483.6851. We welcome patients from in and around Upland, Chino, Fontana, Jurupa Valley, Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga.