A Word From Dental Assistant C.J.: When to Take Your Child to the Dentist for the First Time
Many parents ask, “What age should I bring my child to the dentist for the first time?” The answer is three years old. What we have found is, at the age of three, all 20 primary teeth are present and your child can be coached to cooperate enough to get through the appointment successfully. Since it is the first dental appointment, we like to keep it short and sweet. Three and four year olds only receive an exam and cleaning. Five year olds and up will receive an exam and cleaning as well, but will also have a Panoramic X-ray taken to give us the big picture. (Jaw joints, all teeth, sinuses, and chin.)
Here at Smile Savers Dentistry in Columbia, Maryland we like to make a child’s first (and every) visit as pleasant as possible. Kids wear cool sunglasses to keep the light out of their eyes and get to help us out by holding Mr. Thirsty (suction straw) so they have some sense of control. We have a playroom specifically for kids filled with toys and a TV, not to mention everyone in the office is extremely child friendly. All kids 10 years and under receive a special goodie bag including kids toothpaste, floss, toothbrush, stickers, and a SMILEY FACE BALLOON! During National Children’s Dental Health Month in February, we even treated our younger patients to a frog plushie.