When Should I Schedule My Child’s First Visit?

Baby wearing a birthday hat and eating a little cake in front of a paper chain celebrating his first birthday

First Dental Visit

Scheduling your child’s very first dentist appointment is an exciting milestone. The American Dental Association recommends that children visit the dentist for the first time when one or more teeth have come in or around their first birthday. Some parents are surprised to hear this since most babies do not have many teeth around this age. The first visit is mostly about getting kids acquainted with their new dental office and ensuring that their gums and whatever teeth they have look healthy. If your child is over one year old and hasn’t seen a dentist yet, don’t worry. Our team at Leesburg Family Dental will be more than happy to work with them whenever you are able to bring them in!

Kid Friendly Office

Sometimes children are nervous about visiting the dentist for the first time. If you know that your child might get anxious in new situations, you are welcome to bring them in for a quick tour of our office. They can meet some of our friendly team members which will make things easier on the day of their appointment. They’ll already be familiar with our office and the people that they met last time. Parents are also welcome to stay with their kids during treatments to make them feel more at ease in the dental chair. As far as appointment time frames go, we find that young children tend to be more cooperative in the morning. Of course you’re welcome to schedule afternoon appointments for your child as well.

Family Care in Leesburg, VA

Our office has a play area full of toys for kids, which can help take their minds off of any anxiety that they may feel. It also allows them to associate our practice with positive memories. We have TVs in each treatment room that can stream kid-friendly shows on Netflix and Hulu. This can be helpful if your child has a favorite show that they like to watch. At the end of each appointment, kids are allowed to pick out a prize from our prize box for completing another successful trip to the dentist. Our family friendly team loves working with children of all ages, and we can’t wait to meet your child at their first appointment with us!

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