Pediatric Dentistry

First Visit

At Lanie Family Dentistry, we treat patients of all ages. New parents may be wondering when they should start bringing their child in for dental visits, and what these visits may entail. Here is what your child’s first visits to our practice may involve.

First Visit – 1 Year Old

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommends that children have their first dental visit around their first birthday. We recommend scheduling this to coincide with one of the parent’s hygiene visits, so the child gets a chance to see their parent providing an example of a model patient.

At this age, the visit will only include a basic examination—there won’t be any X-rays taken or a cleaning. Instead, Dr. Lanie will help by offering advice and answering any questions you may have.

Future Visits

As your child grows, their visits with us will grow as well. At two years old, they will have their first (limited) cleaning in addition to their exam. At four years old, your child will be ready for their first X-rays.

These first visits will help Dr. Lanie to monitor the development of your child’s teeth and jaw, keep an eye out for cavities and help advise you on how to implement a good oral care regimen for your child. If you notice any issues like excessive thumb or pacifier sucking, it’s a good idea to make the doctor aware during these appointments.

Tips for First Visits

Make sure you talk with your child before their visits with us and let them know what a trip to the dentist will involve. Have them practice opening their mouth to prepare for having their teeth counted and examined so they can be more confident on the day of their visit.

You may want to consider reading your child a children’s book about visiting the dentist. Some age-appropriate books include:

  • Going to the Dentist by Anne Civardi
  • The Berenstain Bears Visit the Dentist
  • Sesame Street – Elmo Visits the Dentist
  • Dora The Explorer – Show Me Your Smile: A Visit to the Dentist

Remember to speak about the visit in a positive way and as a fun experience; avoid words that might sound scary to your child.

It can be a good idea to leave other children at home, if possible, as they can be a distraction for the child getting the check-up. Also, it’s a good idea to make sure the appointment isn’t scheduled during your child’s normal nap time so that they will be well-rested and cooperative.