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First Dental Visit

Your Child’s First Visit

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that children visit the dentist when their first tooth appears or by the age of 12 months. Following this recommendation enables our team to evaluate and get to know the child to begin building trust. After filling out paperwork, our staff will review your child’s history with you and review the reason for the visit and discuss concerns you may have.

During the first visit, we will spend time educating you and your child on proper oral hygiene techniques and simply getting them acquainted with the dental environment. Depending upon their needs and comfort level, we will work with you to develop the best dental plan for your individual child.

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Preparing For Your Child’s First Visit

Going to the dentist should be positive, and creating a memorable experience begins at home. Start by discussing the upcoming visit with your child to ease their mind. Make sure to let them know the dentist and team will explain each procedure and answer your child’s questions.

When discussing the dentist with your child, avoid using phrases that could create negative feelings such as needle, shot or drill. Our dental team uses words that have similar meanings, but are positive and won’t worry your child.

Parents Always Welcomed

Hamlin Pediatric Dentistry understands the importance of a parent’s presence during their child’s dental visits. That is why they have adopted a policy that allows parents to accompany their children into the exam room during their appointments. This policy helps to build trust and rapport between the dentist, child, and parent, creating a more comfortable and reassuring environment for the child. Parents can also observe the dental procedures and ask questions to gain a better understanding of their child’s oral health and how to care for their teeth at home. Overall, Hamlin Pediatric Dentistry strives to provide a positive and inclusive experience for both the child and parent during their dental visits.