Your Child’s First Dental Visit


What should I do to prepare my child for the first dental visit?

Parents, as well as children, can be apprehensive about the first dental visit.

Here are a few suggestions to help make the first visit go smoothly:
• Read your child a story about going to the dentist.
• Inform our staff about any medical or psychological problems your child may have.
• Make sure your child is well-rested before the dental appointment.
• Play “dentist” with your child at home. Pretend that you are counting teeth then switch
roles and let your child be the “dentist.”
• If your child is at the right age, openly discuss his or her questions or concerns.
• Do not convey anxiety about the dental visit to your child.
• Do not use negative words like hurt, shot, needle, or drill.
• Do not become upset if your child cries during the first visit. This is normal behavior
for young children and infants.
• Discuss your questions and concerns with Dr. Crews. First-time oral health visits are primarily used to assess your child’s risk for dental
disease, begin a dental preventive program, and determine the most appropriate
dental appointment schedule for your child.

During your child’s first visit, Dr. Crews will:
• Inquire about your child’s medical history.
• Ask about your child’s dietary and feeding habits.
• Evaluate your child’s oral hygiene.
• Examine the mouth for dental caries or other problems.
• Assess the need for fluoride supplements.
• Explain age-appropriate oral hygiene techniques.