Childs First Visit Specialist

Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics

Orthodontic, Pediatric & Special Needs Dentistry located in Flanders, NJ

Your child’s first dental visit is an important preventive care measure. The caring, compassionate dentists at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, provide a warm and welcoming environment, ensuring your child feels relaxed and at ease the entire time. If it’s time to schedule your child’s first dental visit, call the Flanders, New Jersey, office or click the online booking tool to request your appointment today.

Child's First Visit Q & A

At what age should I schedule my child’s first visit to the dentist?

The American Dental Association recommends you take your child to the dentist for their first visit between the ages of six months and one year, or when their first tooth breaks through the gum line. 

Your child won’t have all their teeth yet, but the team at Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics can provide helpful tips and insights regarding common childhood issues, including: 

  • Baby bottle tooth decay
  • Teething
  • Thumb sucking
  • Pacifier use

The team can also educate you on nutritious foods and snacks that encourage good oral hygiene. 

How can I prepare for my child’s first visit to the dentist?

If at all possible, the team recommends scheduling your child’s first dentist visit early in the day, so they’re alert and well-rested. You may also want to write down a list of questions so you don’t forget anything. 

If you suffer from dental anxiety, try to stay calm and relaxed during your child’s first visit, as they may pick up your nervousness and become anxious themselves. 

What happens at a child’s first visit to the dentist?

Your child’s first visit to the dentist typically takes between 30-45 minutes. During the appointment, a Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics provider reviews your child’s health history and performs a brief oral exam, inspecting their jaw, bite, and gums. 

Your child’s dentist also provides you with tips and insights on keeping their teeth clean. If your child only has one or two teeth, a tiny amount of toothpaste and gentle brushing with a soft-bristle toothbrush twice a day should provide adequate protection against oral health problems. 

In addition, for children under two years of age, make sure to choose a toothpaste without fluoride. Too much fluoride can be dangerous for young children. 

What else should I know about my child’s first visit to the dentist?

At Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, the team believes education is the key to the prevention of common childhood oral health problems, including tooth decay and gum disease. 

Following your child’s initial exam, the team can provide you with helpful insights regarding food that is safe to eat and food that may increase your child’s risk of toothaches and other problems. 

For example, instead of gummy snacks, you might want to consider giving your child apple slices or another type of fruit. In terms of beverages, opt for water with fluoride instead of sugary sodas or fruit juices. 

If it’s time to schedule your child’s first visit to the dentist, call Flanders Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, or click the online booking tool to make your appointment today.