What to Expect at Your Child’s 1st Dental Appointment

When to take your baby to her/his first Dental Checkup:

The American Dental Association and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry suggest your child's first dental visit occur within six months after the baby's first tooth appears, and no later than their first birthday.  Your first visit to Piper Dental will be informative and help establish proper oral care routines that last a lifetime.

What to Expect at Your Baby's first Dental visit:

On your first visit, Dr. Piper will discuss with you your child's overall health history and tooth history. Please bring along a list of current medications your child is using.  On follow-up visits, if your child's health status has changed, tell Dr. Piper.  During your initial visit, Dr. Piper will check all of your child’s existing teeth for decay, examine your child’s bite, and look for any potential problems with the gums, jaw and oral tissues.

She will show you proper gum and tooth care for babies. She will discuss pacifier use and how proper nutrition helps to maintain healthy teeth.

Jean is great at demonstrating brushing techniques for parents so that they are able to knowledgeably assist young children with oral care. Dr. Piper will encourage you to ask questions.  New parents often want to discuss:

  1. cavity prevention
  2. fluoride requirements
  3. Oral habits (thumb sucking, tongue thrusting, lip sucking)
  4. Developmental milestones
  5. Teething

Things that help Your visit go smoothly:

  • Allow plenty of time to get to our office; feeling rushed creates anxiety.  Our waiting room is sunny and pleasant!
  • Ensure your child is well rested and not hungry.  Morning visits may be ideal for your child.
  • Write down questions ahead of time.
  • Check with your dental insurance provider about co-pays and coverage before your visit.
  • Bring a list of child's current medications.
  • Stay positive!  Never bribe your child to go to the dentist or use it as punishment.  Teaching optimistic oral hygiene habits early leads to a lifetime of great teeth.

Feeling anxious or have questions about your baby's first visit to the Dentist?  Jean Piper has been working with children for years.  She serves the entire family and knows that great dental health is established early on.  Schedule your appointment today!  Jean is kind, caring and will answer your every question:

Dr. Jean Piper's Dental office is located at 4506 Regent Street -- at the intersection of Midvale.

Piper Dental is near Hilldale / Shorewood Hills -- also serving the Monroe St. Neighborhood

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