When should I bring my child for their first visit?
At Dr. Fairfax & Associates Family Dentistry, we see children starting at 1–2 years of age. We’ve found that a great way to start getting your kids used to dental visits is by letting them see how you react to the dentist. We recommend that you bring your child with you to one of your cleanings for their first "unofficial" dental visit to introduce them to the concept, the office, staff, and surroundings.
When preparing your child for their first visit, be careful how you refer to the process. Avoid using any words or descriptions that would scare or confuse your child. A fun way to get them ready for the visit is to “check” their teeth and then let them check yours.
During the first visit, we will often just look at and count their teeth, discuss home care, and proper oral hygiene techniques. Our team knows how to keep these visits light and fun so that children don’t develop any fears or worries about their next visit. Most children will have their first "official" dental visit, including a complete exam and cleaning, around 2 –2 1⁄2 years old. Again, we keep it fun, friendly, and child-centered so that children can approach their subsequent visits with confidence. Give us a call today!