First Visit

The very first years of your child’s development is an exciting time, and at the same time, our staff at Arlington Pediatric Dentistry, understands that this can also be a very hectic time for you, as a parent. From their very first word, to their very first day of school, all the way to their first soccer games and even doctors appointments, there’s tons to keep track of. 

Our team of experienced doctors and staff members are here to make things easier for you. Our top priority is your child’s health and safety. We strive to provide a comfortable environment for you and your children. 

When Should My Child Have Their First Dentist Appointment?

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that you bring your child in for their first appointment at the age of one. This may seem incredibly early, but in fact, tooth decay and other oral health problems can start just as soon as your child starts developing their first tooth. It is never too early to help your child develop healthy habits

 How To Prepare for Your Child’s First Dental Appointment

Kids often are lead to believe that the dentist office is a “scary” place. In order to help you child feel more comfortable about their first visit, here are a couple of tips – 

  • Kids can easily pick up on your feelings, so make sure not to show any signs of nervousness yourself!
  • If you sense that your child is nervous, reassure them that the first appointment is just for us to take a look at his or her mouth, and make assessments.
  • Let your child know about the appointment beforehand, and build some excitement around the date.
  • Bring a comforting toy, a small snack and extra diapers to the office. 
  • It may help to bring another adult or older sibling along to give your child additional support. This will also help free up some of your attention, and make it easier to discuss your child’s oral health. 

What To Expect During the First Appointment

 It’s great for both the parent and the child to have a sense of what the first appointment will be like. Here is the general gist of what you should expect – 

  1. We’ll spend a few minutes getting settled and verbally explain what we’ll be going over
  2. Afterwards, we will perform a gentle examination of your child’s mouth, looking for things like:
    •  Tooth decay
    • Signs of risk for future oral disease
  3. We will discuss our observations from the examination
  4. Lastly, we will discuss ways to encourage your child to practice good oral hygiene

It’s important to note that early detection of tooth decay and other diseases gives us the opportunity to address the issue in a less invasive manner. Early detection does not always mean early treatment, and it is important to plan ahead. 

Contact Us Our Arlington Office For Information

If you have a question that hasn’t been answered here, please do not hesitate to contact us. One of our friendly staff members would be more than happy to assist you. We pride ourselves in being able to provide friendly and affordable dental care, and we even have patients come in from surrounding areas, such as Falls Church, Alexandria, and Annandale, because of our great service. We very much look forward to your first visit with us!


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