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Your Child's First Dental Visit

At two years old, generally all of your child's baby teeth have erupted into the mouth, and it's a good idea to have a dental viisit at this age—no later than age three. We can see cavities at this age, so it's a good idea to have a checkup to see if there are any problems.

Some pointers for your child's first dental visit:

  • Don't procrastinate it until your child has dental pain. The best thing for your child's emotional health and dental health is to have a pleasant first experience with the dentist. If your child first comes to us in pain, it is instead likely to be a traumatic experience, and it can set the stage for dental avoidance and a lifetime of dental problems.
  • Sometimes parents who are worried about this first visit unintentionally telegraph their anxiety to their child and create a tense situation. Overpreparing for the visit often backfires, as the child senses that this is something to worry about. When parents treat the visit as routine and fun, children tend to adopt the same attitude.

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